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Kiran Bedi's profile

Kiran Bedi is the first woman to join the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2007 22:16 IST

Kiran Bedi is an Indian police officer and is the first woman to join the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972. She was born on 9th June 1949 in Amritsar, Punjab and is one of the most celebrated and widely known police officers who ever served the Indian Police Force.

Kiran Bedi is the second of the four daughters of her parents, Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Prem Lata Peshawaria.

She has been recently appointed as Director General of India's Bureau of Police Research and Development. Earlier, she was Police Advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department, and has also been honored with the UN medal for outstanding service. In May 2005, she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in recognition of her "humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing".