|(Central Police Training College Magazine, November
1973 written by Kiran as a probationer)
WHAT MADE ME JOIN THE IPS ?
Mrs. Kiran Bedi
(Peshawaria), I.P.S., 1972 batch U.T.
I am often asked this question
because I am a woman and an Indian woman is traditionally supposed to be lacking a flare for
tough outdoor jobs though she may be tackling all the backbreaking chores at home.
I strongly feel that even
though I have taken up a most demanding career, because, for me, there can be no job
categorization as between the two sexes.
When I come across the blunt
remark, Oh ! Working in the police is most unfeminine!, my usual reply is,
Today there is no job specifically marked out just for a man or just for a woman. Today it is high time that we revise our conceptions of
male-jobs and feminity. A
woman in no way loses her feminity if she measures up to a job which for time immemorial was
the domain of man."
However, I believe that though
(untrained) a man with an ordinary upbringing may attempt any job, it would not be the same
for a woman. She has to be specially trained
right from the beginning so that she acquires the right mental and physical standards demanded
by specific jobs.
If I am now physically
and mentally fit for my career, the credit goes to my parents.
Right from childhood I was introduced to tough, competitive tennis and conscientious
studies. They had filled me with the highest
aspirations and imbued in me a burning desire to be OUTSTANDING. This channelised my energies towards two goals
Tennis and Studies. I was always encouraged to be
independent and self confident so that I could face challenges and solve my own problems.
I am undergoing a heavy
schedule of outdoor training at National Police Academy, to equip myself for the role of a
policeman or shall I say, policewoman. It is hard
but VERY interesting and varied. I am doing all
that the boys do the same Parade, Rifle training, Unarmed Combat, back rolls and front
rolls, Sword drill, Riding etc. and till today
have asked for no concessions. I was also able
to participate in the major Tennis Tournaments this year with the kind permission of our
I would like to emphasise that
in a job like ours, entailing maximum pre-occupation with work, one can never be successful
without the steady support and sympathy from ones husband or wife. I am indeed fortunate in having in my husband such an
abundant source of encouragement and understanding.
Let me break a long-standing
myth that the Home Ministry was always against the idea of the girls joining the Indian Police
Service (IPS). I guess it was the lack of
interest and self-confidence in the girls which was the major obstacle. I too was asked by the Home Ministry to reconsider my
decision but when they sensed my determination, they wished me all the luck!
So I come back to the foremost
question why I joined the police and not any other challenging vocation; because of my
urge to be OUTSTANDING.
Because of the excitement,
exhilaration and challenges offered by this Service.
Because I want to serve the
people from a position of authority so that I can serve them best.