The Indian Police Service is one of the most responsible and respected jobs of India. Ever since its inception in 1948, IPS has helped shape young officers to safeguard law and order across the country. Candidates clearing IPS – All India Services provide leadership to NDRF, SDRF, CBI, IB, NIA, SSB, BSF and other security branches of our democracy. Women are an equal contributor to these services. From the first IPS officer, Kiran Bedi, women have had a distinct and revolutionary role in the IPS. Here are some of the women IPS officers in India, who have served the country with utmost dedication
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Another name in our list of women IPS officers is Ilma Afroz, a lady with the deadliest combination of beauty with brains who was inducted into the Indian Police Service in 2018. She is the daughter of a hardworking farmer who went all out just to provide her with a brilliant future. She had lost her father at the young age of 14. After the sudden loss of fire, she took up to focus on education and achieve something great. To fulfil this dream she went on to study Philosophy at St. Stephens College in Delhi. Her passion and hardworking attitude helped her earn a scholarship to pursue masters at Oxford University, the dream of many!
Eventually, she quit her job in the US and decided to prepare for the Civil Services Exam and once again she raised up high and fulfilled her dream by securing 217th rank in the same.
In one of her talks The Better India she said, “My mother taught me the value of hard work. My brother didn’t save money for my dowry. Instead, he spent it on my education. Ammi and Bhaiyya made numerous sacrifices to educate me.” Her thoughts and respect for her family made her reach great heights and be in a position where the whole of India knows her.
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We usually hear people saying that a woman can’t fulfil her dreams and education after her marriage. But this woman IPS officer, married at 14 and is a mother of two at the age of 18. She broke all misconceptions and successfully became an IPS officer in 2008. At present, she is working in Mumbai as a DCP of Zone-4 and is widely known as the ‘Lady Singham’.
Another powerful name in our list of Women IPS Officers is Pritpal Kaur, the dentist who changed her mind and decided to be a top IPS officer is the SP of Nagaland’s youngest and famous district, Noklak. This district shares its borders with Myanmar and is widely known for its poorest infrastructure and lack of facilities. It’s a tough decision when choosing to work in such a district which has numerous problems and zero solutions. But this fearless lady left behind all the luxuries and went beyond her call of duty and took it upon herself to work for the welfare of locals.
She is the true inspiration for the students in the district, the one who inspires and helps them prepare for the Civil services exams as a way to a bright career. Only, for this reason, she turned Noklak’s SP office conference hall into a classroom for younger minds. In addition to this, she also counsels the drug addicts so as to help them realize the hazardous effects of this activity.
Moving onto the next name in our list of women IPS officers is Aparajita Rai, the 28-year-old who became the IPS officer of Sikkim in 2012 after she secured 358th rank in the toughest UPSC examination. She passed this examination and became an IPS officer in 2012 and presently is posted in West Bengal’s Hollywood.
She has won numerous awards and has a few of the biggest achievements that include winning the IPS officer’s trophy for the Best Lady Outdoor Probationer, Umesh Chandra Trophy, West Bengal Government Trophy amongst others. Rai may be transferred to Darjeeling for handling the ongoing Gorkhaland agitation. This highlights the perfectionism of Rai in her work.
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The movie Mardaani was based on the life of the next name in our life of women IPS officers. Meera Borwankar is the first woman IPS officer to head Mumbai’s Crime Branch Department in 2001. The lady with strong faith and belief in herself, famous as an Iron Lady with her critical and logical thinking solved some of the top cases like Jalgaon Sex Scandal, Abu Salem extradition case and a lot, more on the list.
In her college days, Kiren Bedi was gaining popularity for all her amazing work and Meera’s teacher advised her to follow the same path. This stood as a turning point for Meera and she took up a dream of becoming a woman IPS officer and to date is loyal to whatever work she takes up. She has also witnessed the hanging of the 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Memon in 2015.
This courageous woman IPS officer from Kerala Cadre successfully cleared her Civil services examination in the year 2012 and opted for Indian Police Services. The exceptional thing about this lady officer is that she cracked this exam on the first attempt. Merin, the youngest women officer of her batch secured an All India Rank of 188 and stood as the third woman Malayali IPS officer in the Kerala cadre. She leaves no chance of helping the needy and believes that more women must join the Police Services in India to show their courageous side to the world!
The last name in our list of best women IPS officers in India is Soumya Sambasivan. She serving as a Police Superintendent in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh. This Dabang Police Officer has earned a reputation as a fearless cop due to her courage. As a part of empowering local women, she trains them in self-protection. In addition to this, she effectively supports the manufacturing of pepper spray which enhances women safety.
She was the first IPS officer of the 2010 batch to initiate an investigation against drug mafias and has solved 6 murder cases during her posting in the Sirmaur district. Her hardworking attitude, professionalism and readiness to serve people made her a part of the nomination list for the President’s Police Medal.