Kiran Bedi

Profession: Politician, Civil Servant (retired IPS)

Daughter of Kiran Bedi

Sukriti (Saina) (born in September 1975)

Father of Kiran Bedi

Prakash Lal Peshawaria (Textile Businessman)

Mother of Kiran Bedi

Prem Lata

Sisters of Kiran Bedi

Reeta Peshawariya (Tennis Player, Writer)
Anu (Tennis Player)

Affairs/Boyfriends of Kiran Bedi

Brij Bedi (Tennis Player)

Favourite Politician of Kiran Bedi

Narendra Modi

Favourite Sport of Kiran Bedi

Lawn Tennis

Awards, Honours, Achievements of Kiran Bedi

1968: NCC Cadet Officer Award.
1979: President's Police Medal for Gallantry for her role in preventing violence during Akali-Nirankari clashes.
1994: Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service.
1995: Lion of the Year by Lions Club, KK Nagar for community service.
2004: United Nations Medal for outstanding service.
2005: Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice by All India Christian Council for reforms in prison and penal systems.
2006: Most Admired Woman in the Country by The Week magazine.
2014: L'Oreal Paris Femina Women Award for social impact.

Controversies of Kiran Bedi

In 1983, while serving in Goa, she attracted a controversy when she informally inaugurated the Zuari Bridge for the public. This unofficial inauguration had angered many politicians.   In the same year, she again attracted controversy when she was on leave to look after her ailing duaghter, Sukriti, in Delhi. Although she had applied for the leave, which was also recommended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rajendra Mohan, the leave was not officially sanctioned by the Goa government. She was even declared absconding and absent without leave by the then Chief Minister of Goa Pratapsingh Rane   In the 1980s, she was criticised for ordering lathi charge on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assembly in Red Fort area.   In 1992, when Sukriti, Kiran Bedi's daughter, applied for a seat in Lady Hardinge Medical College (Delhi), under a quota for Mizoram residents, a fierce protest was started by the students of Mizoram against the allocation, on the pretext that she was a non-Mizo. Later, Bedi had to leave Mizoram for the same.   In the 90s, while working as the Inspector General (IG) of Tihar Jail, Bedi attracted envy from her superiors, who accused Bedi of diminishing prison's security for personal glory.   In July 1993, the Supreme Court of India made her aware of ignoring the apex court's directives regarding giving medical attention to an under-trial prisoner.   On 26 November 2011, based on a complained filed by a Delhi-based lawyer Devinder Singh Chauhan, the crime branch of Delhi police registered a case against her for improper use of funds meant for the NGOs.  

Information about Kiran Bedi

She was brought up in both Hindu and Sikh traditions.  On 15 November 1978, she successfully handled the clashes of Nirankari and Akali Sikhs near India Gate in Delhi and was honoured with the Police Medal for Gallantry by the Indian President in October 1980 for the same.  Her father was an active Lawn Tennis player. Later, Kiran Bedi got inspired by her father and started playing Tennis at the age of 9.  After completing her master's degree in political science from Panjab University, Chandigarh, she worked as a lecturer at Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar from 1970 to 1972.  She was inspired to join the Indian civil services by the civil servants at the Service Club in Amritsar. There, she also met her future husband Raj Bedi.  While in school, she joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and actively participated in extra-curricular activities.  Does Kiran Bedi drink alcohol?: No  After her first posting to the Chanakyapuri subdivision of Delhi in 1975, she went on to become the first woman to lead the all-male contingent of the Delhi Police at the Republic Day Parade in 1975.  After being inducted into the Indian Police Service in 1972, Bedi underwent 9 months of police training at Mount Abu in Rajasthan.  In the popular media, Kiran Bedi is slated to be the first woman IPS officer.  Does Kiran Bedi smoke?: No  Her great-great-grandfather had migrated from Peshawar to Amritsar. 

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