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First Look: Woman who'll check crime

July 20, 2004

Meera Borwankar

This is one glass ceiling that looked improbable that a woman would be able to break.

Undoubtedly then, Meera Borwankar will make history when she takes charge of Mumbai's famed Crime Branch on Wednesday July 21 and become the first woman ever to head the department, which deals with, among other things, one of the world's most organised mafias.

Her appointment will not mean the Dawood Ibrahims and Chhota Rajans can take a breather because Borwankar is known as one of the toughest officers Maharashtra has had. Her bosses, subordinates and criminals she has dealt with will vouch for that.

An IPS officer of the 1981 batch, the 46-year-old served as deputy commissioner of police in Mumbai from 1987-91.

She was district superintendent of police in Aurangabad from 1991-93 and was in the same position in Satara district from 1996-99.

During her stint with the state Crime Investigation Department from 1993-95, one of the important cases she investigated was the Jalgaon sex scandal. Recipient of the Police Medal and Director General's insignia, she has had a stint with the CBI.

A Punjabi, she is married to Abhay Borwankar who quit the IAS to start a food-processing business.

Photograph: Arun Patil

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Sub: Great going!!

Respected M'aam You have set a standard for women & men alike world-over!May God give you strength to tighten the noose around crime & injustice,may ...

Posted by Dr GS Chowdhary,IRCH AIIMS,New Delhi

Sub: your personal e.mail address.

Respected Madam. Your predecessor in office Mr. Satya Pal had notified his e.mail address in the news paper on which public could directly report about ...

Posted by Ramchand

Sub: proud of u

madam u made all the women proud. it must be the most satisfied dat of ur life . hartiest congragulations ...

Posted by namita

Sub: congrat's

I mumbaikar is very proud to see u in a such post,now you have to look about the crime done in the night about the ...

Posted by Rajinder Singh

Sub: Fantastic !!!!

An excellent thing to happen in the country at such a time.. A woman heading this Dept.cant have a better thing than that .. Best ...

Posted by Prashant Nair


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