KIRAN BEDI- The Woman of Substance
Parents : Prakash and Prem Peshawaria.
Sisters : In all four
1. Shashi (settled in Canada)
2. Kiran (myself)
3. Reeta a Clinical Psychologist, Tennis champion and a well known author of books on Behavioural Therapy with her husband Dr. Keerti Menon.
4. Anu (a well known Immigration Lawyer & National Tennis champion three times and Wimbeldon player) Married – One Daughter, Saina ,married and now Saina Ruzbeh Barucha.
Husband – Shri Brij Bedi, a Textile Engineer, Tennis player and a social activist.

  • School – Sacred Heart School , Amritsar
  • Graduation English (Hons.) Government College for Women, Amritsar.
  • Masters in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh (Topped the University).
  • Law Degree – Delhi University, New Delhi
  • Ph.D – I.I.T., Delhi (Department of Social Sciences) on `Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence'.
  • Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship to write about the work done at Tihar Jail during my tenure as IG (Prisons)
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Guru Nanak Dev University.
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the prestigious City University of New York's (CUNY) School of Law in recognition of her "humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing.

  • Been a National Junior Tennis Champion.
  • Been a National Senior Tennis Champion.
  • Been an Asian Tennis Champion. Represented India abroad.

  • Received Police Medal for Gallantry by the President of India.
  • Received Asia – Region Award for work done in the field of Drug Abuse Prevention by International Organization of Good Templars (IOGT), a Norway based organisation.
  • Awarded the RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARD for GOVERNMENT SERVICE, 1994, by the RAMON MAGSAYSAY FOUNDATION, PHILIPPINES. (This is first such award to a Police Officer in Asia. It is perhaps the first time a Police Officer in the world is awarded with a ‘PEACE’ Award).
  • Received JOSEPH BEUYS FOUNDATION AWARD (Swiss Award) for Holistic and Innovative Management.
  • Received International Award from ASSOCIATIONS OF CHRISTIAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES : INTERNATIONAL ECUMENICAL FORUM (ACCU-IEF) for promotion of quality of life through the campaign against Alcohol, Drugs, AIDS and Tobacco in September 1998.
  • Conferred the PRIDE OF INDIA AWARD 1999 by American Federation of Muslims from India (AFMI) of the US & Canada for commitment towards Human Welfare, Women's rights, Outstanding Services and for upholding secular values in October 1999.
  • Awarded the first ever IIT - Delhi Alumni Association 1999 -2000 Award for outstanding contribution to National Development.
  • Awarded by the WESTERN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY USA, THE 2001 Morrison, Tom Gitchoff Award for actions that have significantly improved the quality of justice in India on February 24, 2001.
  • Awarded "Woman of the Year" Award 2002 by the Blue Drop Group Management, Cultural and Artistic Association, Italy.
  • Chinmoy Award2003 for Welfare Policing ( USA ).
  • Power of the Deducated Professional Award , 2003, by theUniversity of South Florida ( USF) and the Federation of Indian Americans ( FIA )

  • To represent India in American, European and Asian International Forums on the subject of Drug Abuse, Drug Trafficking Prevention, and Prison Reforms.
  • To address International Police Chiefs Conference (1992), USA.
  • To attend National Prayer Breakfast with the President of USA in 1995.
  • To visit British Prisons on the invitation of British Foreign Office (1995).
  • To attend United Nations World Social Summit in Denmark (1995).
  • To attend “United Nations Women” Conference at BEIJING (1995).
  • To attend United Nations Conference on Drug Abuse at New York (1998).
  • Invited by the Mauritius Government to train Law Enforcement Agencies on Prevention of Domestic Violence (1998).
  • Attended SAARC Workshop on Anti Narcotics, Planning & Development at Islamabad, Pakistan (1998).
  • Invited to address Prison Governors Association, Annual Conference at Buxton, U.K. March 2000.
  • Addressed the IV session of Senior Criminal Justice executive program at Bangkok in November 2000 organised by United States Govt. Department of Justice.
  • Invited to OSLO, Norway as a Panelist for a Panel Discussion with Prof. Amartya Sen on the subject "Welfare Policing", March 2002.

There is a Biography on my Life, in a book form called 'I Dare!' published by UBS Publishers. Its also translated into Hindi, Malyalam, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi.

Authored a book called 'It’s Always Possible' on the transformation of one of the largest prison in the world. It is accompanied by with a CD ROM with the same title produced by India Vision Foundation.

Another Biography on my life entitled "The Kindly Baton" authored by a psychologist and a research scholar, Mrs. Meenakshi Saxena has been published by Books India International.

A Book on e-governance titled, "Government@net" co-authored with Sandeep Srivastava and Parminder Jeet Singh published by Sage Publications. This book provides a framework – political, sociological, technological and financial – to enable people, politicians, administrators and private enterprise to secure an unprecedented developmental impetus. "

Contributing a fortnightly column titled "What Went Wrong" in the Times of India and Navbharat Times, both leading dailies of Delhi. This column is a narration of real life cases in which the subjects share about their wrong doings in the past in order to Save the Next Victim.

"What Went Wrong" a compilation of 37 real life stories has been recently published by UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd. The book, a best seller was sold out on the first day of its release and has had a first re-print in the first week of its publication.

"Galti Kiski" the Hindi version of "What Went Wrong" has been published by Fusion Books, New Delhi.

A serial by the same name is being telecasting on the National Network where in each episode dramatizes an unique saga of the as the stories in the book " Galti Kiski "

AS I See : All proceed of this book will continue to go to Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation , for education of the children in need.

Joined Indian Police Service in 1972 (the first woman in India to do so). Held various assignments notable amongst them being with the District Police, Delhi Traffic Police during the Ninth Asian Games in Delhi and Special Traffic in Goa during Commonwealth Head of Governments meet, Narcotics Control Bureau and as Deputy Inspector General (Range) Mizoram. Inspector General of Prisons, of Tihar Jails, Delhi. Special Secretary to the Lt. Governor of Delhi and as Joint Commissioner with Delhi Police. Also as Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh. Joint Commissioner of Police (Training), Delhi Police. Recently returned from United Nations as Civilian Police Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Director General, Home Guards & Director Civil Defence. . Currently Posted as Director General , BPR&D (Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs) Take Voluntary retirement from service , wef from 26 Dec 2007( over 18 month prior to completion of service)

Founded two organizations :

NAVJYOTI Provides :

Navjyoti was awarded the U N based Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award 1999 on International nominations for its pioneering work in the field of Drug Abuse prevention and treatment. This award was received on 26th June, 1999, the International Day against Drug Abuse.

Navjyoti has also received the Delhi Government sponsored State Award for its work in the field of education and rehabilitation of destitute children. Navjyoti is covering more than 4200 children by Education , Women empowerment, Drug demand reduction, Health care, family counseling center, Vocational traning , environment etc.


  • Schooling for Prisoners Children.
  • Rural projects for village community.
  • Children of Vulnerable Families project.
  • School Ke Baad School.
  • Weaving Behind Bars.
  • Crèche Training Project.
  • Life Skill Project.
  • ( Public grievances cell).
  • ( exclusive for kids of cops & and police families )- to provide computer training / scholarship program for kids of cops.

Placed in the 5th position amongst 'Ten Most Admired Indians' as per an exclusive opinion poll amongst a list of 100 eminent Indians conducted jointly by The Week and marketing research and opinion polling agency TNS Mode and published in The Week in its issue dated 10 September , 2000. Selected as the Top 'Most Admired Women' in India in another exclusive opinion poll of The Week in September, 2002 Voted 1st amongst "Ten Most Admired Women" through a nation-wide TN Sofres Mode Poll and published in "The Week" in its issue dated 15 September 2002.