The Cop

    • Joined the IPS ( Indian Police Service) in 1972.
    • Became the first woman in India to do so.
    • Went through the same training as that of male colleagues. 
    • Subdivisional Police Officer Chanakya puri  Subdivision.
    • This posting comprised of New Delhi Area of  PM house, the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, Lutyens Delhi, key Government of India Offices and Of Ministers and Very Important Persons.
    • Was Deputy Commissioner of Police West and North Delhi.
    • Initiated several measures in crime prevention and criminal reforms.
    • Introduced comprehensive measure in community policing, such as police beat system, joint night patrolling for crime prevention etc
    • Was Deputy Commissioner Police Traffic during the 9th Asian Games.
    • Introduced several strict measures in traffic regulation and enforcement.
    • Earned the nickname Crane Bedi during this tenure, for extensive use of Cranes to tow away wrongly parked cars, which did not spare even the car of former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
    • As Deputy Director General Narcotics in the Narcotics Control Bureau,
    • Conducted very many operations to eradicate illegal opium and cannabis cultivation as also arresting drug traffickers.
    • Worked as Deputy Inspector General ( Range) during the time of tail end of insurgency still prevalent in Mizoram.
    • Introduced needed police reforms in the State such as collaborative people-police anti drug trafficking measures to check flow of contraband! 
    • Worked as Inspector General Prisons of Tihar, with an inmate population of over 9700 in 1993.
    • Men, women, and even children who accompanied their mothers, on request.
    • This positing was marked by pathbreaking prison reforms by introduction of literacy, computer skills, yoga, meditation, feedback boxes, NGOs, and plenty
    • This position was an opportunity to enable open up the Lt Governor's office to the common man in Delhi.  
    • Responsive Grievance systems were set up from LG's office for the first time ever functions round the clock.
    • This posting got the benefit of all the years of experience in policing.
    • Within a fortnight of its responsibility all round policing measures were in place such as beat policing, working with women  NGOs  to respond to crimes against women, withdrawal of police men and women from unauthorised and unproductive duties etc.
    • This posting marked the drafting of a much needed training policy with publications of work books authored by teaching police officers themselves.
    • Shortage of many teachers was overcome by use of multimedia and use of Technology for the first time in any police training institute in India.
    • This position came through world wide selection.
    • It meant heading the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) mandated by Security Council  to initiate, restore or strengthen policing and rule of law in countries such as Liberia, Somalia, Congo, Cyprus, Sierra Leone, IvoryCoast, Kosovo
    • This position marked the revival of an institution which was for civil aid to Government.
    • It was full of internal inadequacies which were ironed out and brought to some health.
    • See the relinquishing note to know what all was achieved or despite poorest resources. 
    • This was the last posting of the IPS career.
    • It was yet another starved organisation which was lying dormant despite its ambitious charter.
    • It saw it revival by BPRD by bringing it under planned funds and co-opting with many academic institutions for collaborative work.
    • It finally got a functioning website to become accessible to the world. 

The Person

    • Born in into a wealthy Peshawaria family in Amritsar, to Parkash and Prem Peshawaria.
    • Family of four sisters. Shashi, Kiran, Reeta and Anu.  
    • All highly accomplished, academically and professionally.
    • Barring Kiran all other  sisters are settled overseas.
    • Nehru Fellow: Post Doctoral on transformation of Tihar Prisons, Delhi.
    • PHD from IIT Delhi
    • Law Degree from Delhi University
    • Masters in Political Science from Punjab University Chandigarh
    • Graduation with English Honours from Government College for Women Amritsar
    • Schooling from Sacred Heart School Amritsar.
    • Won Asian Lawn Tennis Championships
    • National  Championship, Seniors and Junior Championships
    • Inter-University Champion and winner of various Regional and State Tournaments.
    • Won Fonseca Trophy (Indo-Ceylon Women's Tennis Trophy)
    • Nationally ranked in seniors and juniors

The Activist


  • Post retirement an immediate offer came for anchoring a TV show called Aap Ki Kacheri.
  • As soon as this came to a closure came the India Against Corruption Movement led by Anna Hazare, to demand from Government in Power a strong Anti Corruption Law, called Lokpal.


  • First one, Navjyoti India Foundation was incorporated in 1988.
  • It reaches out thousands of marginalised sections of society, iin education, skills and self Reliance Second one, India Vision Foundation focuses on education of Prisoners Children, skills training for rehabilitation and more....

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