Will KIRAN BEDI become the Police Chief of Delhi?
July 11, 2007 4:46am CST
I have read in Newspaper that there may be a chance for Kiran Bedi to become the Police Commissioner of Delhi. If anyone who does not know much about Kiran Bedi I would like to brief an outline: Kiran Bedi has many firsts to her credit—the first woman police officer of the Indian Police Service, first woman head of Tihar, the largest prison in Asia-Pacific, first person to introduce vipassana meditation inside Tihar and turn the conventional attitude towards crime on its head. Spectators at the 1973 Republic Day Parade were amazed to see a lady at the head of the Police Contingent. The then Prime Minister, Mrs. lndira Gandhi was so impressed that she invited Kiran for breakfast with her the very next day. Career Highlights * In 1977, she put an end to the Akali-Nirankari Sikh riots at India Gate. * 1979, as DCP (West Delhi), she broke up a 200-year-old illicit alcohol trade. * In 1981 as DCP (Traffic) she controlled traffic during the 1982 Asian Games efficiently. She didn't hesitate to tow away cars and once even challaned the Prime Minister's car for wrong parking near a car repair shop.* In 1985, as DCP (headquarters) she ordered 1600 pending promotions to be made in a single day. Standing instructions were issued that if any file was not cleared within three days the person concerned would be called personally to explain the delay. * In 1993, as the Inspector General of Asia's biggest jail - the Tihar jail (9100 inmates including 300 women) she turned the unlivable jail into an abode of education. Said Kiran while joining her posting at the jail, "I want to transform this jail into an Ashram within six months". She introduced many classes and programs for the inmates including those on basic education, meditation, yoga besides functions like mushairas, kavi sammelans, dramas and games, which involved the jail inmates. For her effort to humanize the Tihar jail she was honored with the 1994 Ramon Magsaysay Award.