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Kiran Bedi may contest polls if Women's Bill passed

India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi said on Monday that she may think of contesting elections if the Women's Reservation Bill aimed at providing 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and State Assemblies comes into force.

bhopal Updated: Apr 26, 2010 20:36 IST

India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi said on Monday that she may think of contesting elections if the Women's Reservation Bill aimed at providing 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and State Assemblies comes into force.

"I may think of contesting elections if the Women's Reservation is implemented in the country," Bedi, who took voluntary retirement from service a few years ago, told reporters after a programme 'Spectrum 2010' organised by the Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS).

Asked whether she thinks that in the present situation, the bill will be passed by Parliament, Bedi said "I don't know".

She said that before passage of the Women's Reservation Bill she will not enter politics even if any party offers her a ticket.

"It (offering of a party ticket) has already been happened and I had declined that offer," Bedi said.

When a student asked her whether women need 'Quota or Mauka (chance)' in politics, Bedi shot back by asking him to clarify whether he was talking about 'Connaught place wali or Najafgarh wali (urban or rural women or literate or illiterate women).

Bedi said that at present there are very few women in the country who are equal to their male counterparts and added all women are not equal in the country and it may take another 25 years at least to bring them at par with others if efforts are made in the right direction.