On the day, when Madam President was talking about the women empowerment in her first address to nation and associated her own success becoming India’s first woman president as the process of women empowerment in India, another woman, an IPS officer, was saying to media that she was denied what according to her she deserves.
Kiran Bedi happens to be India’s first woman IPS officer. She was a frontrunner for the top post at Delhi Police Headquarters. However, her junior Yudhbir Singh Dadwal is all set to take over as Delhi’s Police Commissioner.
Dadwal’s appointment sparked immediate controversy with super cop Kiran Bedi started opposing the decision. The name of Bedi, the country’s first woman IPS officer, was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office along with that of Dadwal.
According to the report, Delhi’s Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna signed the order of Dadwal’s appointment that has received clearance by the Union Home Ministry.
Yudhbir Singh Dadwal is the 1974 batch Indian Police Service officer of Union Territory cadre and he is ready to replace Police Commissioner K. K. Paul.
On the other hand, Kiran Bedi has reportedly decided to go on 90 days’ leave in her protest against the ‘regretful’ decision. Kiran Bedi is a 1972 batch IPS officer. She said:
It is regretful because it is not fair to the system. This is the feedback that I have been getting from the rank and file, through phone calls, messages and e-mails.
Kiran Bedi is currently holding the post of Director-General of the Bureau for Police Research and Development. She said that the younger generation police officer disillusioned after the decision.
Dadwal has some time with him. I am left with two years before retirement. I could have finished my tenure and he could have taken over then. I did not lobby for the post and this might have gone against me.
Later, she said that she is looking into all possible options and discussing the matter with my family and friends.