Kiran Bedi is an Indian Police Officer and is the first woman to join the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972. She was born on 9th June 1949 in Amritsar, Punjab state, India, and is one of the most celebrated and widely known Police officers who ever served the Indian Police Force. Kiran Bedi is the second of the four daughters of her parents, Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Prem Lata Peshawaria. She completed her schooling from the Sacred Heart Convent School, Amritsar, and obtained her B.A. degree (1964-68) in English from the Government College for Women, Amritsar. She then earned a Master's degree (1968-70) in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. Even while in active service in the Indian Police, She continued her educational pursuits, and obtained a Law degree (LLB) in 1988 from Delhi University, Delhi. She was also awarded a Ph.D. in 1993 in Social Sciences by the Department of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
The topic of her thesis was 'Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence'. Kiran Bedi is also a former all-India and all-Asian tennis champion, and had won the Asian Ladies Title at the age of 22. She began her career as a Lecturer in Political Science (1970-72) at Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar, India. In the year 1972, she was selected for the Indian Police Service. She said that she has joined police because of her urge to be outstanding. Kiran Bedi has received a number of Awards, including the following; President's Gallantry Award (1979), Women of the Year Award (1980), Asia Region Award for, Drug Prevention and Control (1991), Magsaysay Award (1994) for Government Service, Mahila Shiromani Award (1995), Father Machismo Humanitarian Award (1995), Lion of the Year (1995), Joseph Beuys Award (1997), Pride of India (1999), Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice (2005) .