IN PICS: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi turns politician Kiran Bedi played a crucial role in steering anti-corruption movement launched by Gandhian leader Anna Hazare. Bedi parted ways with Kejriwal after he dedided to float a political party. On Thursday, she joined BJP in presence of party president Amit Shah.
After getting her basic education from Sacred Heart Convent School, Kiran Bedi joined National Cadet Corporation (NCC) apart from tennis which her father used to play. Later Kiran went to Government College for Women to study Political Science.
She excelled in sports particularly tennis and she won many awards including inter-University women's team title, national title, the Asian title.
Kiran was married to Brij Bedi in 1972 which proved lucky for her as she was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS). Kiran Bedi became the first woman Indian Police Service officer.
Not many know but the spectators at the 1973 Republic Day Parade were amazed to see a lady heading the Police Contingent. The then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi was impressed to see a lady IPS officer and invited her to breakfast.
In the year 1977, she put an end to the Akali-Nirankari Sikh riots at India Gate. Two years later, as DCP, she halted up a 200-year-old illicit liquor trade. DCP (Traffic) Bedi controlled traffic during the 1982 Asian Games efficiently.
In a daring decision, Bedi once challaned Indira Gandhi's car for wrong parking near a car repair shop in the national capital in 1983. Later, she was transferred to Goa for removing the PM's car.
While in 1985 she ordered 1600 pending promotions to be made in a single day and issued standing instructions that if any file was not cleared within three days, the person concerned would be called personally to explain the delay.
It was in 1993, she turned the unlivable Tihar jail into an abode of education. Kiran was quoted saying while joining her posting at the jail, "I want to transform this jail into an ashram within six months".
Kiran introduced many programs and classes for the inmates including basic education, meditation, yoga and even functions like mushairas, kavi sammelans, dramas and several games, were also introduced for the jail inmates. For this effort in Tihar jail, she was honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994.
IN PICS: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi turns politician
Kiran Bedi played a crucial role in steering anti-corruption movement launched by Gandhian leader Anna Hazare. Bedi parted ways with Kejriwal after he dedided to float a political party.
On Thursday, she joined BJP in presence of party president Amit Shah.