Indian Police Service.
What comes to your mind, when you think about this premier central government job? Khaki wearing men and women taking on goons? Giving them a piece of their shit? Controlling law and order? Think, think...think a bit deeper, the first thing that subconsciously strikes us about police officials is - courage.
Yes, they are badass, brutal, brilliant and bold because these attributes are required for their job. In fact, they have been trained to be that way and this makes them assertive. That's why their words sound like orders.
It's a job that involves bullets, crime, unprecedented pressure, managing the chaos and no bullshit.
And women police officers have handled the job with toughness. At present, many women IPS officers are in service and they have taken everyone head on, both criminals and politicians alike.
Today, I am introducing 9 lady singhams who have changed the idea of policing by their 'Dabangg' attitude.
Time to tighten your seat belts.
Kiran Bedi entered police force in 1972 as the first woman IPS officer of India, as Additional Superintendent of Police. Later in her career, she earned the nickname Crane Bedi, because as DCP (Traffic) in 1982 she ordered traffic cranes to pick up every single improperly parked vehicle, including those of MPs and MLAs in Delhi. This earned her much applause and she became a household name.
Sangeeta is an IPS officer from Fatehabad District, Haryana. She is a 2009 batch IPS officer and her father also worked in the Police department.
Sangeeta had a heated altercation with Anil Vij, the Health Minister of Haryana, in 2015, when she was serving as the Superintendent of Police in Fatehabad. Subsequently, she was asked to leave the meeting by the Minister, which she coldly refused, leading to an uncontrollable situation. However, the minister was later criticised for her behaviour towards the lady officer and Sangeeta was, as usual, transferred for not taking orders from the minister.
Aparajita Rai is the first Gorkha IPS officer from Sikkim. Rai is currently posted in Hoogly, West Bengal. She's the 2012 batch IPS officer.
Her major achievements include winning 1958 Batch IPS Officers' Trophy for the best Lady Outdoor Probationer, Umesh Chandra Trophy for Field Combat, The 55th Batch of Senior Course Officers Trophy for Best Turn Out and West Bengal Govt Trophy.
Sanjukta is a 2006 batch IPS officer from Assam. Her UPSC ranking was 85, and she could have easily opted for Indian Administrative Service, but she followed her heart and chose IPS instead.
Her name is enough to fill terror in the hearts of Bodo militants of Assam. She has shot down 6 militants and arrested over 64 militants in just 15 months and has made headlines for her immense courage and incredible work in fighting against the Bodo militants.
Meera Borwankar is a 1981 batch IPS officer. When she was in the college, Kiran Bedi was making waves for her courageous and bold acts, and she was so much inspired by her that she decided to join IPS.
The Bollywood movie Mardaani is based on her life. Known for her no-nonsense attitude, the Iron lady has solved some of the top cases including Jalgaon sex scandal, Abu Salem extradition case, Iqbal Mirchi extradition case etc. For her contribution, she has received the President's Medal in 1997 apart from the Police Medal and Director General's Insignia.
Ruveda is a 2013 batch IPS officer from the Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to becoming an IPS officer, she obtained MBBS degree from Kashmir.
Ruveda is the first woman IPS officer from the terrorist-hit Kashmir Valley. Her father wanted to see her in the Indian Police Service. Today, she is posted in Tamil Nadu as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai.
Merin is a 2012 batch IPS officer who cleared the UPSC in her first attempt. This beautiful officer is more popular for her helpful and kind nature than her looks. Beauty is skin deep, indeed.
Since she believes in helping people out, she is available on phone 24X7. Merin also feels that more women should join police service as this will empower them and their communities. She believes that even if the job is physically demanding and brutal, it is rewarding and deeply satisfying.
Sonia Narang is a 2002 batch IPS officer who is currently serving as Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore. She is known for her straightforward attitude and integrity. She has zero tolerance for trouble makers, and she believes that all are equal before the law.
She once slapped an MLA from Karnataka during a violent protest in 2006 when she ordered a lathi charge to avoid trouble. But BJP MLA Renukacharya refused to move. The officer lost her cool, slapped the MLA and put him behind bars!
An IPS officer of 2009 batch, Sambasivan has served as a superintendent of police in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh.
Soumya has earned a reputation of a fearless cop for her dedication and integrity. In a very short span, Soumya has won praise not only for smart policing but also for nailing down drug menace in this tourist friendly state.