IN GANDHI’S FOOTSTEPS

Kiran Bedi’s humantarian revolution.

A small woman started her social revolution inside the Indian Police Force and inside the world’s biggest Jail. Kiran Bedi is the upper class girl who decided that she wanted to work in service of the poor in Delhi’s biggest slum and in the gigantic Tihar Cental Jail, with 12 000 prisoners. Popular as a Tennis Champion, but despised by her fellow male students when she declared that she wanted to be India’s first female Police Officer.

Bedi also declared that in her service, “law should be equal for all.”
So she became the police officer responsible for the towing away of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s wrongly parked car. She patrolled the streets of Delhi’s crime ridden slum Yamuna Pushta, and started to develop her welfare police model. Bedi wanted a police force that met people with compassion, not contempt. And she wanted to address the root – not the fruit – of the crime through crime prevention.

When she was posted to Tihar Cental Jail, as Director General, her critics hoped that this would be the task that would break her. Tihar was known throughout India for being a hell hole and a hopeless prison to reform in any way.

From day one Kiran set out to change and reform Tihar Central Jail to become the best prison in Asia. Will she succeed?

The last witness