Super cop and first woman IPS officer of Maharashtra, Meeran Chadha Borwankar to release her career memoir book next month

Meeran Chadha Borwankar, the first woman Commissioner of Police in Maharashtra o recipient of the President of India Police Medal for Distinguished Services o the Police Medal for Meritorious Services o the Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota

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Meeran Chadha Borwankar

New Delhi, September 22

The first woman IPS officer of Mahrashtra, supercop and theonly woman IPS officer of her IPS batch Meeran Chadha Borwankar is coming out with her book ##### that is launching on October 15. 

The book is a career memoir of the trailblazing Meeran Chadha Borwankar, recipient of the President of India Police Medal for Distinguished Services,  the Police Medal for Meritorious Services and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota 

In this book she covers her 36-year-long eventful and inspirational career in the Indian Police Service and recounts investigations into incidents involving organised crime syndicates of Mumbai, murders, dacoities, rapes, sex scandals, narcotics, communal and caste riots, terrorist threats to national security 

The cases include accounts of several controversial high-profile cases, including Haseena Parker’s (Dawood Ibrahim’s sister) case of extortion, Jalgaon sex scandal, Nhava Sheva Port arms smuggling, Joyalukkas jewellery heist, Sanjay Dutt’s imprisonment, Shiv Sena-era riots, and the hanging of Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon. The book explores pressing issues such as reforms in India’s criminal justice system, gender discrimination and corruption in the Service and the bureaucracy, human trafficking, sexual harassment at the workplace, and citizen–police relationship. IT paints a realistic picture of what it meant to ‘don the khaki’ in a male-dominated institution, where the very relevance of policewomen was questioned.

The 2014 Bollywood hit, Mardaani, starring Rani Mukerji, was inspired by events in Meeran Chadha Borwankar’s career . 

Borwankar writes extensively on law and policy, policing, gender, current affairs and other issues of importance for national and international dailies and journals . She is an author of the bestseller Leaves of Life and Inspector Chougule. 

Meeran Chadha Borwankar graduated from India’s National Police Academy as the sole woman of its 1981 batch. 

She has highlighted her journey on how she would go on to investigate a long string of sensitive and controversial cases, fighting crime together with corruption and discrimination, never compromising on her integrity. Meeran’s steadfast efforts saw her become Maharashtra’s first female district police chief as well as its first woman police commissioner. 

She also held senior roles at the Central Bureau of Investigation and Mumbai’s crime branch, eventually retiring as Director General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development and the National Crime Records Bureau. All through she remained unafraid to critique the country’s criminal justice system, challenging even those in the highest echelons until the rule of law prevailed. 

She specializes in institution building, criminal investigation as well as law and governance. Meeran holds a PhD in organizational management and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Pune. A Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow of the University of Minnesota, she writes extensively for national and international journals and newspapers. Currently Meeran is on the boards of several academic institutions and serves as Independent External Monitor for the Union Bank of India and National Aluminium Company Ltd. She is the author of Leaves of Life and Inspector Chougule.


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