Kiran Bedi is a famous Indian social activist. She is the first woman in India who has joined the IPS ( Indian police service).
She was born on 9 June, 1949 in Amritsar, Punjab.
- Her father was Prakash Peshawaria and her mother was Prem Peshawaria. She has three sisters - shashi, reeta, anu. She is married to Brij Bedi.
- She completed her schooling from scared heart convent school of Amritsar. She passed her graduation degree in English from government college for woman in Amritsar. She did her masters in political science from Punjab university. She also has a degree in law from university of Delhi. She obtained her Ph. D in social sciences from IIT Delhi in 1993. Her subject was drug abuse and domestic violence.
- Before joining the Indian police service, she was a lecturer at khalsa college for women, Amritsar. In her career, she held many positions, such as -Traffic commissioner of new Delhi,deputy inspector general of police mizoram,director general of narcotics control bureau. She introduced many reforms during his post in Tihar jail. She took retirement from the IPS in 25 December, 2007.
- She is also the founder of two organizations navajyoti (1988), India vision foundation (1994). These foundations work to improve living condition of drug addicts and woman.
- She also took part with the Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal in the protest against corruption and for ensuring a strong lokpal bill.
- She was awarded by many honours- bharatiya manavata vikas puraskar(2011), Tarun kranti puraskar (2010), public service excellence award, bharat gaurav award (1999).