She is the youngest female CRPF officer to be a part of Commando Squad for Resolute Action (COBRA) and is presently serving the fickle region of Bastar in Chhattisgarh.Think trend and the mind immediately produces images of men and women dressed in uber cool clothes and the latest trends in fashion. The Women Of The Year 2018 Awards was no different.
However, The one lady that stood out in CRPF uniform was 28-year-old Usha Kiran.
While all the other attenders walked the red carpet in their designer gowns, she keep her own when she walked in her uniform. Her picture in the uniform automatically invoke a sense of glory towards the men and women who work inexhaustibly to protect the country.
Usha has many honours to her credit, and it is truly befits that she was chosen for the award this year.
She is the youngest female CRPF officer to be a part of COmmando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) and is presently serving the unstable region of Bastar in Chhattisgarh.
According to a report published by Vogue, upon receiving the Young Achiever Of The Year Award, Usha said,
“This award, I would like to say, this is not just to Usha Kiran, it’s for every soldier, every force personnel who are literally putting in their blood and sweat to conserve peace and congruous in the country.”
The lady behind the uniform
Having joined the 232 Mahila Battalion of CRPF during her one-year training course, she requested her seniors to approve her to serve under the male battalion either in an extreme left-wing state, J&K, or the North-East front areas. Not one to shy away from a difficult situation, she has, time and again proved her spirit.
A Former National Athlete, who represented Delhi in triple jump, she is one of only two women CRPF officers on duty in Bastar.
Hailing from a Gurugram-based family with erects to the CRPF, where her grandfather and father were ex-personnel, Usha said that the villagers feel comforted by her presence.
“I talk to the women. They are scared of male cops and officers. But with me, they are more relaxed.”
With the passion and consecration that she brings to the job, it is no surprise that she has been nicknamed ‘Lady Singham’.
May her tribe grow from strength to strength.
The 27-year-old officer belongs to a family of ex-personnel in Gurugram. She is also a former national athlete, who represented Delhi in the Triple Jump.
Earlier this year, she went on to become the first woman CRPF officer to be part of COBRA, a specialised unit of the CRPF that is ingenious in guerrilla strategy and jungle warfare.
She serves the dreadful terrain of the forested areas during her off duty hours by helping school-going girls with their courses in her camp.
At the Vogue Women Of The Year 2018, she was awarded with the ‘Young Achiever Of The Year’ award for her exemplar work.
On taking the award, she said :
“This award I would like to say this is not just to Usha Kiran, it’s for every soldier, every force personal, who are literally putting in their blood and sweat to preserve peace and congruous in the country.”
“If you have the power, then it be your duty to inspire other women to be part of the forces. If you want to inspire and empower women, you just have to get out of their way. They will do the remain.”
Apart from completing her duties as an officer, she also works towards linking the difference between the security forces and the tribals.
Talking to TOI, she said:
“Women here are suspicious to talk to forces, without their conservator or male family members. Even children deny to take chocolates. They are averse to meet strangers and people in uniforms.”
Salute to the brave officer under whose leadership Bastar is surely abroach towards a positive change.
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