Kiran Bedi (retired IPS) Biography, Personal Life, Physical Statistics, Education, Luxuries, Income & More
Kiran Bedi is a retired Indian Police Service officer, social activist, former tennis player and politician who is the current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. She is also the first woman to join the Indian Police Service (IPS) and was in service for 35 years before she took voluntary retirement in 2007 as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.
Name: Kiran Peshawaria
Nickname: Not Known
Profession: Civil Servant (retired IPS)
DOB: June 9, 1949
Birth Place: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Home Town: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Home Address: R/O 56, First Floor, Uday Park, New Delhi – 110049, Puducherry Lt. Governor, Raj Niwas, Puducherry
Best Friends: Not Known
Hobbies: Reading, writing
Debut Work: Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Chanakyapuri area of Delhi
Height: 170 centimetres
Weight: 54 kilograms
Body: Not Known
Hair Color: Black
Marital Status: Married
Husband: Raj Bedi (tennis player)
BF: Not Known
Kids: Sukriti (Saina)
Father: Prakash Lal Peshawaria (Textile businessman)
Mother: Prem Lata
Sister: Shashi, Reeta (tennis player, writer), and Anu (tennis player)
School: Sacred Heart Convent School, Amritsar (1954)
College (Graduation): Government College for Women, Amritsar
College (Post-Graduation): Panjab University, Chandigarh, Delhi University, New Delhi, IIT, Delhi
Educational Qualification: BA (Honours in English) (1968), MA (Political Science),
Law Degree from Delhi University (1988), PhD (Social Sciences) (1993)
Cars: Maruti 800, Government Vehicles
Bikes: Not Known
House: Not Known
Net Income: $6.7 million (estimate)
Film: Not Known
Actor: Not Known
Actress: Not Known
Song: Not Known
More Information and Facts about Kiran Bedi
- Bedi became the national junior tennis champion in 1966 as a teenager.
- Between 1965 and 1978, she won several titles at national and state-level championships.
- After joining IPS, Bedi served in Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh and Mizoram.
- She started her career as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Chanakyapuri area of Delhi, and won the President’s Police Medal in 1979.
- She moved to West Delhi from there, where she brought a reduction in crimes against women.
- As a traffic police officer, she oversaw traffic arrangements for the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi and the 1983 CHOGM meet in Goa.
- As DCP of North Delhi, she propelled a campaign against drug abuse, which evolved into the Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation.
- She was posted to the Delhi Prisons as Inspector General (IG) in 1993.
- She introduced several reforms at Tihar Jail, which gained worldwide acclaim and won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994.
- In 2003, Bedi became the first Indian woman to be appointed as a Police Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations.
- She resigned in 2007, to focus on social activism and writing.
- She has authored several books, and runs the India Vision Foundation.
- She also hosted a court show Aap Ki Kachehri (2008-11).
- She was one of the key leaders of the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement, and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2015.
- She unsuccessfully contested the 2015 Delhi Assembly election as the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate.
- On 22 May 2016, Bedi was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
- Bedi was also a part of Indian team that beat Sri Lanka to win the Lionel Fonseka Memorial Trophy in Colombo. She continued playing tennis until the age of thirty, when she started focusing on her Indian Police Service career.
- In 1972, she married Raj Bedi (tennis player) who she met on Service Club courts in Amritsar.
- Kartavyam (1990) is a Telugu film based on Bedi that was dubbed into Tamil as Vyjayanthi IPS. The movie was remade in Hindi as Tejaswini.
- Doing time, Doing Vipassana (1997) documents Bedi’s initiatives for the practice of Vipassana meditation at Tihar.
- In Gandhi’s Footsteps: Kiran Bedi’s Humanitarian Revolution (2004) is a documentary by the Norwegian filmmaker Oystein Rakkenes on her life.
- She was awarded Best Documentary at the Indo-American Film Festival in Atlanta in 2006.
- Kiran Bedi: Yes Madam, Sir (2008) is a documentary produced by Australian filmmaker Megan Doneman. Narrated by Helen Mirren it was filmed over a six-year period and premiered in 2009. It was adjudged the “Best Documentary” at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
- Kannadadda Kiran Bedi (2009) is a Kannada film, starring Malashri as a fictionalized interpretation of Bedi
- Carve Your Destiny that is a 2014 film directed by Anubhav Srivastava, features Bedi.