Menuka is a Women LEAD Fellow.
Kiran Bedi is the first woman Indian Police Service officer, Asian tennis champion, lawyer, doctorate, author and one of India’s most accomplished woman. She retired from the IPS in December 2007, after taking voluntary retirement.
Recently, she has been appointed as the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. Earlier, she served as the Police Adviser in the Unit. She has also founded two NGOs in India: Navjyoti for welfare and preventive policing in 1987 and the India Vision Foundation for prison reformation, drug abuse prevention and child welfare in 1994. She is one of the winners of the 2011 Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar. She is one of the most renowned police officers in India, putting their wholehearted effort into serving society.
When I first read her biography, I was really impressed by her personality, her closeness with her mother and her daring. She was the host and TV judge of the popular TV series “Aap Ki Kachehri” (in English, “Your Court”), broadcast on the Indian TV channel, Star Plus. This program featured Indian families approaching her TV court and explaining their problems to her. She then offers legal advice and monetary help to solve the problem. This program was classified as an EDUtainment program, as it attempts to simplify and explain legal procedures and Indian law to the viewers. When I saw this program, I was really impressed by how she presented herself. The way she dressed up was totally different from other female leaders. She never discriminated among genders when taking decisions.
Being a leader is not just about being in control, it’s a responsibility where you have to live up to others’ expectations. Her straight-forward nature and her dedication towards her work is truly commendable.