Women IPS officers have a tougher job compared to their male counterparts. It’s because they have to prove themselves which is not always the case with male IPS officers who draw obeisance automatically. But there are instances where women IPS officers outdo the male officers in wit, wisdom and daredevilry.
Tejdeep Kaur Menon, the additional commissioner of police, training, is one such person. She is feared and also respected for she has proved to be a no nonsense officer who speaks her mind and does what she thinks is right under the law. Many subordinates have complaints about her being rude but admit she is a daring officer who did not think twice before barging into the then chief secretary’s office and enquiring why her name was deleted from the police medals.
I’ll never forget her witticism in an incident that revealed her forceful personality. For some work she wanted to know where the traffic inspector KM Madhu was. On wireless he replied that he was near the Hussain Sagar Lake. “How fast you can come to office?” she enquired to which the inspector said he will be there as early as possible. She told him to jump into the lake and swim across as that will save a lot of time and trouble. Said it in lighter vein, her suggestion brought a guffaw from the officers present in the room. She, however, is known to be kind-hearted where kindness is needed and curt where bluntness is called for.
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I have been working as a crime reporter in Hyderabad for the past 17 years. I was encouraged to be a journalist by my late father. As a journalist I try to do something unique for society, especially the poor who suffer the most.