Kiran Bedi is an Indian politician relating to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She is presently the Lieutenant Governor of the union territory of Puducherry. Budget into politics after retiring from Indian Police Service (IPS) in 2007. She was the pioneer Indian woman to join the officer’s ranks of IPS in 1972. During her stint in the IPS, she had worked in the position of the Director General at the Bureau of Police Research and Development. Bedi is also noted for her objective as a social activist. The winner of the Magsaysay Award in 1994, Kiran Bedi has been one of the active representatives of the Anna Hazare-led civil society that launched a movement for the enactment of a strong anti-corruption law, the Jan Lokpal Bill. She officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 15 January 2015 and was selected as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections.
Kiran Bedi was born in Amritsar, Punjab on June 9, 1949, to Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Prem Lata Peshawaria. She gained her Bachelor of Arts in English (Hons) from Amritsar’s Government College for Women in 1968. She accomplished her Masters in Political Science in 1970 and was a topper in her class. In 1972, Kiran Bedi married Brij Bedi and has a daughter with him.
She obtained her degree in law from the Faculty of Law, the University of Delhi in 1998 while in service as the Director General of Police. As a result, she went on to obtain a doctorate from the Department of Social Science at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1993.
Kiran Bedi did not commence her career as a cop but as a lecturer of Political Science at the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar in 1970. After two years of her teaching career, she passed the Civil Services examination and became an IPS officer. This made her the first woman in India to come in the services.
In her career in Indian Police Service, she served as the chief of New Delhi Traffic Police, DIG of Police in Mizoram, Advisor to the Lt. Governor of Chandigarh, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau, and Civilian Police Advisor for United Nations Peacekeeping operations. She was awarded the United Nations Medal for her work.
Kiran Bedilauncheda number of reforms in the management of Tihar Jail, Delhi when she was the Inspector General of Prisons during the years 1993-1995. The several projects introduced by her under this mission witnessed positive changes in the lives of prisoners. This short volume of her is remembered as a golden period in the history of the prison and won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 1994 and the Jawahar Lal Nehru Fellowship.
The last position that Kiran Bedi stood in the IPS was that of the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research & Development. She was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in acknowledgment of her “humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing” in May 2005. After two years later, Kiran Bedi decided to voluntarily retire from the police services and the Government of India given her permission to do so. On December 25, 2007, she retired to dedicate herself to social matters.
In 1987, Kiran Bedi took up an NGO named Navjyoti India Foundation (NIF). This NGO focuses on de-addiction and rehabilitation of the drug addicts and has expanded to another social issue like illiteracy and women empowerment. She also commenced India Vision Foundation in 1994 that has been operating for police reforms, prison reforms, women empowerment and rural and community development. She was also the host of the TV programme ‘Aap Ki Kachehri’ that focused to resolve the family disputes of citizens.