Dispur, June 9: Meet Sanjukta Parashar, the first lady IPS in Assam who fights the gender war on the streets and the Naxals in the jungle. Armed with 85th rank in the IPS, the mother of a 2 year old, she also has a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
She certainly had a host of options in front of her-from doing a desk 9-6 job, going back home, taking care of her family and kid and doing wifely duties. But she put her duties toward the nation above everything else.
She chose to fight terror in the jungles. She got her first posting in 2008 as Assistant Commandant of Makum. She was immediately dispatched to Udalguri where she was to control the ethnic clash between the Bodo and the illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
Presently, the SP of Assam's Jorhat district, she regularly leads a group of CRPF jawans into the dense of the jungle, armed with just an AK-47. Add to it the formidable terrain, the humid climate and the unpredictable climatic changes.
She was behind the arrest of the militants who were responsible for the lethal attacks on Army convoys. Despite the active involvement of villagers who played informants to the militants, she shot 16 of them down and arrested 64 of them in the last few month. She has also seized many arms and weapons, setting an example for the women in her vicinity.
That is not all, she has also done her bit to arrest rogues and eve teasers on the street. She is responsible for posting women officers in plain clothes to catch hold of sexual assaulters.
Indeed an inspiration for women, Parashar sets a new trend of a new generation of police officers who are fearless and determined to uproot evil from society.