It was a proud moment for the 129 recruits, from the 15th batch of recruit constables, and their families as they marched on the parade ground for their passing-out parade at Police lines in Sector 26 on Thursday.
For the 33 women candidates who joined the police force, it was nothing less than a dream come true. “I worked towards my dream day and night and here I am wearing the immaculate uniform of the Chandigarh police,” said Sonia, hailing from Punjab.
For majority of women recruits, ‘real and ‘reel’ women cops were their inspiration. It was Kiran Bedi, the first woman IPS offficer who left a mark on their impressionable minds at a young age. For many, it was ‘Sandhya’, a character in a Star Plus show ‘Diya aur Baati Hum’, who plays the role of a woman cop.
For Monika, hailing from Panipat, there was no other option in her mind as she always wanted to become a cop. Two of her sisters are already serving with the UT police force. “I always wanted to serve the nation and for every girl of my age Kiran Bedi has been an idol.”
Similarly, Harjit Kaur from Ambala also said there was no doubt Kiran Bedi was a living inspiration. She added, “I also come from a family with an armed forces background. So, the spirit to serve the nation runs in my blood.”
Preeti, one of the three recruits from Uttar Pradesh in the UT police said, “Girls should come forward and join the force because there is nothing that women cannot do that men can. I have always thought of becoming a cop, so here I am.”
Echoing similar sentiments, Shruti Kumar, the only recruit from Bihar said, “It will be an experience in itself to serve the nation as a cop. Wearing the uniform, I feel proud to be a part of the police force. Kiran Bedi has always been an inspiration since childhood.”
The young male recruits were also excited and looking forward to serving the nation. Recruit Ajay Pal Singh said, “ I wanted to serve the armed forces but my parents chose Chandigarh police for me. I wanted to serve the country, so be it the armed forces or the police force, it is one and the same thing.”