India’ True Heroes- Part 5

The women that made India Proud

The fact that women have always received the short end of the stick in Police and military jobs have not deterred them from rising high. That’s why a special mention to these ladies who are an inspiration for us all and who have truly made India proud.

  1. Kiran Bedi

One of the most well known police figures, Kiran Bedi has made a name for herself by taking challenges head on, never the one to be afraid of politicians or the mafia.

She is well known for her reforms made to Delhi Police and prisons which won her the Ramon Magsaysay award. She was the first woman to lead an all male contingent during the Republic Day Parade of 1975. She also was incharge of managing the traffic during preparation of the 1982 Asian games as DCP Traffic police. She used towing cranes to tow away motorist including a car from the PMO, the car of the DG of CBI and her own sister in law, earning her the title “Crane Bedi.” During her career she was also the first woman to be the United Nations Police advisor.

She’s currently the Governor of Puducherry.

2. Punita Arora

Punita Arora is the first woman in India to don the second highest rank i.e. Lieutenant General of Indian Armed Forces and the first Vice admiral of Indian Navy.

Punita was commissioned in January 1968. Before becoming Vice Admiral of Indian Navy she was Commandant of AFMC. She took the charge of commandant of Armed Forces Medical College in 2004 thereafter becoming the first woman officer to command the medical college.Before that She was co-ordinating Medical Research of the armed forces at the Army headquarters as additional director-general of Armed Forces Medical Services (Medical Research).She moved from the Army to the Navy as the AFMS has a common pool which allows officers to migrate from one service to another depending on the requirement. She has been awarded with 15 medals in her 36 years of career in Indian Armed Forces including the Param Vashishta Seva Medal.

3. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay

Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force. She is the second woman in the Indian armed forces to be promoted to a three-star rank (after Indian Army’s Lt. General Punita Arora). She joined the Indian Air Force in 1968. She was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for her conduct during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. In her career she has been first woman to become a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society of India and the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole. She is also the first woman officer to have completed the Defence Service Staff College course in 1978.

4. Sanjukta Parashar

Sanjukta Parashar, the brave IPS officer of 2006 batch, is making headlines for her immense courage and incredible work of fighting against the Bodo militants of Assam.

Apart from her commendable work, she is also making headlines for being the “first women IPS officer from Assam”. An IPS officer of 2006 batch, Parashar was first posted as the Assistant Commandant of Makum in 2008. She was soon given the responsibility of controlling the clashes between Bodo and illegal Bangladeshi militants. As Superintendent of Police in Sonitpur district, she heads a team of CRPF jawans with AK-47 in the terror-infested region and has become one of the most feared police officers among Bodo militants. Apart from doing her duty of a tough cop, she also spends days in relief camps to meet people who are far from their homes and often distributes candies to two-wheeler riders who wear helmets.