Women Cops Who Turned Policing Around!

With women being in the seat of vulnerability in India, it is a hand of power that safety is now being transferred into their hands. With women empowerment the order of the day, it isn’t surprising that some badass women are taking law and order in their hands….. and doing it right! These cops are honest, strong, kickass…… and women! Encountering resistance in the line of duty, insensitivity at the hands of male colleagues and societal backlash did not deter these power houses, and they stood tall, beautiful and powerful! Our Power women police officers!

While the number of female officers watching over entire districts stands at 4 out of 14 currently, the percentage of total women workforce across sectors in Delhi remains low at 11 per cent.

DCP Monika Bharadwaj

IPS officer from 2000 batch, Monika Bhardwaj has been given charge of West Delhi as Deputy Commissioner of police. Monika who assumed the charge as DCP ( West District) today, is the second woman DCP in West District after Kiran Bedi.

Monika Bhardwaj belongs to Haryana’s rural belt. Her father has served Delhi police as Sub-Inspector while her grand father retired from Delhi police as Hawaldar. Born in Rohtak district’s Sampla, Monika completed her school studies in Rohtak but came to Delhi college for higher studies.

With an image of honesty and tough behind her, she has dealt with hard core criminals. Examples of her bravery are available in Pudducherry in gang rape case or kidnapping and rape case of a minor girl who was picked up from Ramlila ground and taken to Nihal Vihar .

Meeran Borwankar

Meeran Chadha Borwankar’s journey has been nothing short of impressive. She was Pune’s first woman police commissioner and the first woman IPS officer in Maharashtra cadre. She was also the first woman to head the Mumbai crime branch. 

Now retired, She was the only woman IPS officer in India to have witnessed the hangings of Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon. Meeran was also a key investigator of the famous Jalgaon sex scandal. 

In the 36 years of her career, Meeran has faced discrimination based on her gender, though she says it isn’t as frequent when you reach higher posts. After retiring, Meeran wants to get involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities or academics. Leaves of Life by Meeran Chadha Borwankar is a slim volume which narrates a few accounts from her life and draws lessons from them. The book contains short sketches, written in simple language and is meant for the youth, “especially girls and women, aged 14 to 25 years.

DCP Sonia Narang

There was a time when a list of super cops would hardly ever have entertained a woman in its midst. Not anymore. Thankfully, the glass ceiling is well and truly broken in this terrain. Meet Sonia Narang, the IPS officer known across Karnataka for her forthrightness in the most audacious of circumstances. Presently, the Deputy Commissioner (South Division) of Bangalore. Her zero tolerance of anyone flouting the law has won her ample acclaim and even a little notoriety throughout the state.

A North Zone topper in the 12th and a gold medalist in BA (hon.), she secured the Punjab University Merit Scholarship and national scholarship from the HRD ministry for three years. She also has a Master’s degree in Sociology through distance education. A native of Chandigarh, she excelled in her studies in School and College and was a gold medalist in the Punjab University. Her father retired as a deputy superintendent of police. She cleared the civil services after two failed attempts in 2002.

Archana Ramasundaram

From being the only woman in her class when she joined the Hyderabad Police Academy to becoming a trailblazer for women officers, this is IPS Archana Ramasundaram’s story.

She assumed charge as the Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the 1,751-km Indo-Nepal and 699-km Indo-Bhutan borders. As SSB Chief, she was entrusted with the responsibility of not only building a sense of security for the people living in the border areas but also tackling trans-border crimes.

From striking down bootleggers and prohibition offenders as SP of Vellore to leading the team that probed the Rs 20,000-crore Abdul Karim Telgi fake stamp paper scam, she rightfully earned the Police Medal for Meritorious Services in 1995 and the President’s Police Medal for her distinguished service in 2005. Her term as chief of the SSB saw the force rescue 503 victims and arrested 147 traffickers in 2016, while 472 victims were rescued and 132 traffickers detained in 2017.

Sanjukta Parasher

She was the first women IPS officer from Assam, She is called as Nightmare for Militants in Assam, Sanjukta Parashar’s name is enough to fill terror in the hearts of Bodo militants of Assam. She has taken down 6 militants and arrested over 64 militants in just 15 months.

With 12 years’ experience of serving the nation, She was in the limelight for her pursuit of wrongdoers in the shocking pre-university question paper scam, is being sent on Central deputation for four years and posted as the superintendent of Police, National Investigation Agency (NIA) New Delhi.

Dr. B Sandhya

Dr B. Sandhya is the Additional Director General of Kerala Police in India. She trained in Human Resources Management from Wollongong University, Australia in 1998 and passed the PGDBA from Pondicherry University in 1999.

In 2006, Sandhya was involved in the investigation into allegations of sexual assault made against former Kerala Public Works minister P. J. Joseph. In 2009, Sandhya implemented The Janamaithri Suraksha Project (the Community Policing Project of Kerala), a successful model of Community Policing.

Vimla Mehra

She is best known as the second female director general of Delhi’s Tihar Prison after Kiran Bedi. She introduced a great change to make the women inmates in prison to learn the introduction of foreign language courses. Women helpline (1091) is introduced by Vimla only as the head of Crime against Women Cell. During her another achievement as woman police officers was made Investigating Officers (IOs) in all cases involving women, she makes start self-defence training programmes for women.

Vimla Mehra is the first woman Special Commissioner Police is the only woman who create् history by occupying the crucial position of Special Commissioner Police (Admin.) for the first time in Delhi Police history.

Honourable Mention

Kiran Bedi

If we talk of top cops… we talk of Kiran Bedi! A retired Police Service officer, social activist, former tennis player and politician who is the current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. She is the first woman to join the Indian Police Service. She remained in service for 35 years before taking voluntary retirement in 2007 as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.

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 brought a reduction in crimes against women. Subsequently, as a traffic police officer, she oversaw traffic arrangements for the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. As Inspector General (IG). 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.

We salute these stars for the women they are, for the officers they are and for the confidence they exude! More power to you!


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