Archana Singh, a 1996 batch officer, just became the first woman station house officer (SHO) in the country. Here’s what you need to know about this incredible woman who hasn’t let anything or anyone get in her way:
1. She is in charge of Agra Fort station.
She is now the SHO of the Government Railway Police (GRP) at the crowded Agra Fort railway station. Thousands of people — both locals and tourists — pass through this station every day.
2. There’s a reason she has that nickname.
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The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) who informed her of her promotion, Gopeshnath Khanna, has said that she is the perfect candidate for the job. She is known for her track record of dealing effectively with criminals and dangerous situations.
She was known as “Lady Dabang” (“Fearless”) even by her batchmates from the 1996 batch.
3. Her husband was killed during an encounter.
She was married to sub-inspector Brijendra Bahadur Singh, who was killed in a gun battle during an encounter in Hamirpur.
4. She has a simple mantra for success.
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“It is simple. Be punctual, reach the station at 10 am sharp and be alert and vigilant. As a woman cop, my priority will be to zero down on women harassment cases in the Railways,” Singh said to the Times of India.
5. She has zero tolerance for women’s harassment.
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She was earlier heading the eve teasing division of the Agra GRP. She has said that besides civilian women, female police officers too have to face harassment. Her goal is to prevent such cases from happening and protect women — both fellow cops and passengers.
An example of this is in an incident from last year, when she arrested four men who were harassing women police offers.
6. She has three children.
She does it all!