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All You Need to Know About Karnataka’s First Woman DG-IGP, Neelamani N Raju


Marking a milestone for women in the police force, Karnataka, for the first time, appointed a woman as the state’s police chief.

Meet Veteran IPS officer, Neelamani N Raju, the first woman Director General and Inspector General of Police of Karnataka.

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While State home minister R Ramalinga Reddy announced the appointment of the 57-year-old as the new director general and inspector general of police (DG-IGP), Chief Minister Siddaramaiah congratulated her by tweeting, “Congratulations to Karnataka’s first woman DG-IGP Neelamani N Raju on her appointment. Wish her a successful tenure in the post.”

Here’s all you need to know about DG-IGP Neelamani N Raju:

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As per tradition, the senior-most officer becomes the chief of police. Neelamani Raju competed with Director General of CID HC Kishore Chandra and DGP of the state Anti-Corruption Bureau MN Reddi for the post before emerging victorious.

When asked about the challenges she is likely to face heading the Karnataka police, given the fact that she has served for a relatively longer time outside the state, she told Livemint, “Length of experience is not so important as the intensity of the experience.”


Speaking to the publication about her title as the first woman DG & IGP of the state, she said, “Honestly speaking, I never saw myself as a woman officer. I have always treated myself as an officer, male or female question does not arise.”

She also emphasised the need to balance the gender ratio and encourage more women to join the police force. She recollected how she was one among the only three women officers who started service in the state in 1985.

She aims to bridge the existing gap between the police and public. “There has been a lot of change, but definitely a lot more has to change because I want the police to be friendly with all citizens,” she told HT.

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