Know Kiran Bedi Better – Wiki, Rare Pictures

February 4, 2015 | 0

Kiran Bedi is a retired Indian IPS police office, a social activist, and a politician. Bedi became the first woman officer of the Indian Police Service when she joined it in the year 1972. She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 15, 2015, and is currently contesting the assembly elections of Delhi as the CM (Chief Minister) candidate of the party.

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Bedi is the founder of two Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). In 1988, she founded “Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation” which worked towards preventative policing and welfare, while the second foundation called Vision Foundation, was founded in 1994. It worked towards prevention of drug abuse, prison reformation, and child welfare. The former was renamed in 2007 as Navjyoti India Foundation.

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Bedi was the judge and host of ‘Aap Ki Kachehri,’ a popular television show. She was a main member of the mass movement against corruption that occurred in the mid and late part of 2011. She was investigated for breach of trust and criminal conspiracy in Nov 2011, but after investigation, the charges were dropped. In 1994, she was give the Ramon Magsaysay award for Government service.

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Kiran Bedi – Family Background and Early Life

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Kiran Bedi was born as Kiran Peshawaria on 9th June 1949 in Punjab, India. Prakash Lal Peshawaria, her father, was a landlord. He was a liberal individual who wanted his daughters to get an education and make a name for themselves.

  • Education: Bedi attended the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar. She then went to the Government College for Women in Amritsar, and eventually graduated with a degree in BA English in the year 1968. In 1970, she passed out at the top of her class at Punjab University in Chandigarh and was awarded a Master’s degree in Political Science. Bedi continued studying even after becoming a police officer. In 1988, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in law from University of Delhi. Finally, in 1993, she was awarded a doctorate in Social Sciences from IIT Delhi’s Department of Social Sciences. Her thesis topic for the PhD was ‘Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence.’

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  • Tennis: When Bedi was studying in school, she joined the NCC/National Cadet Corps and started playing lawn tennis. Her father also used to play the sport. Kiran was very good at tennis. She won many tournaments, including the inter-University women’s tennis team title, the national title, the all-Asian tennis competition, and the Asian Ladies Title.

Kiran Bedi – Husband Brij Bedi (pictures)

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Kiran Bedi is married to Brij Bedi, a social activist, textile engineer, and a former farmer.  Brij and Kiran have lived separately for most of their married lives.

Kiran met Brij on a tennis court and they became good friends. Despite the fact that he was 9 years older than her, Kiran soon fell in love with him. They got married in 1972. It was Brij who advised Kiran to join the IPS. She had written the examinations for IAS, but did not get selected. Bedi wanted to then continue her studies in America, but Brij suggested her to join the IPS, as that would also help her achieve her goal of helping the Indian people and the society at large. Brij currently lives alone in Amritsar and works towards education and betterment of the children of drug addicts.

Kiran Bedi’s daughter Saina (Pics)

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Kiran and Brij Bedi have a daughter named Saina, formerly named as Sukriti. Saina is married to Ruzbeh N. Bharucha, a journalist, and a director and producer of documentaries and short films

Career of Kiran Bedi

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Bedi worked as a lecturer at Amritsar’s Khalsa College for Women for two years. After being selected for IPS in 1972, Kiran Bedi underwent extensive training before finally getting her first posting in 1975 at Chanakyapuri, Delhi. She was the first woman IPS officer in India. The same year, she also became the first woman to lead an all-male contingent of the Delhi Police at the Republic Day Parade.

Over the span of her more than 3-decade career, Bedi was posted at different regions of India, including Mizoram, Chandigarh, and Goa. She took voluntary retirement from the service in 2007, at the age of 58 years, after she was overlooked for promotion as the Police Commissioner of Delhi. She was the DG at the Bureau of Police Research and Development at the time of retirement. Varied critics have stated that Bedi was not given the promotion because of her controversial stature and her service record which consisted of incomplete tenures at Mizoram, Goa, and Chandigarh.

Kiran Bedi Achievements

A few achievements of Kiran Bedi are listed below:

  • As DCP Chanakyapuri, Bedi’s platoon successfully dispersed demonstrators belonging to the rival Akali and Nirankari Sikh factions. They had gathered at India gate to protest. Without the help of a tear gas squad, Bedi led her contingent and lathi-charged the violet demonstrators, thereby preventing any chances of escalation or rioting. For this she was awarded President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 1980.
  • West Delhi had high instances of crimes and few police officers. Bedi took the help of volunteers and introduced numerous schemes like the ‘beat box’ system, etc., which helped curb criminal activity to a large extent.
  • As DCP traffic, Delhi, Bedi worked extensively to prevent traffic snarls before and during the 1982 Asian Games. She towed away many vehicles which were parked incorrectly, which resulted in her being nicknamed as ‘Crane Bedi.’ It was also said that she had towed away the car of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi which was parked incorrectly. But in actuality it was her subordinate who had the car towed away.
  • When posted in Mizoram, Bedi successfully used religious customs and practices to help reduce the use of local liquor (and drugs) by Mizos, including the policemen.
  • Bedi brought about several reforms when she was IG Prisons at Tihar Jail. Her work was appreciated by all; she even got international acclaim and recognition.
  • Bedi was awarded the United Nations medal for her work when she was posted at UN as Civilian Police Advisor for peacekeeping operations.

Controversies

  • During her term as DCP traffic in the early 80s, Bedi had fined several powerful personalities for traffic violations. This led to her transfer to Goa.
  • Even after the construction of the Zuari Bridge in Goa was complete, it was not opened for the public because the government wanted the Prime Minister to inaugurate it. During a routine patrol, Bedi noticed a traffic jam near the bridge. She opened the bridge and diverted the traffic through it. This unofficial inauguration angered several politicians.
  • Despite several pending leaves, Bedi was not given leave by the minister in Goa. Bedi wanted to visit her daughter in Delhi who was ill. Bedi left for Delhi without getting the leaves, and was declared ‘absconding and absent without leave’ by then Goa CM Pratapsingh Rane.
  • In 1988, lawyers in Delhi protested against Bedi as one of their collegues, Rajesh Agnihotri, had been arrested. They argued that Agnihotri was falsely charged and framed by Bedi. Another bone of contention was the fact that he was handcuffed and produced in court, which could not be digested by his fellow lawyers. The lawyers went on a strike which lasted for 2 months and ended with the transfer of Bedi.
  • Bedi’s daughter applied for a seat at a Delhi Medical college under a quota reserved for the residents of Mizoram. This led to protests by students in Mizoram, who threatened to burn down her house. The CM asked Bedi to forego the seat, but Bedi argued that her daughter was eligible for the quota as per the law. She eventually returned to Delhi and did not complete her term in Mizoram.
  • Bedi’s critics have stated that she offered undue favors to criminal ‘Charles Sobhraj,’ when he was imprisoned at Tihar Jail.

Kiran Bedi – Rare Pictures

A striking thing to note is Kiran Bedi’s resemblance in her younger days, to actress Parineeti Chopra

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