First woman in the country to become a DGP and second woman in the country to join IPS in the country. She was a former Director-General of police in Uttarakhand Police. She had attended the Government College for Women in Amritsar. This was followed by her post- i graduated in English Literature from Indraprastha College, Delhi University and Master in Business Administration from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia in 1993.
She was awarded with the President's Medal for long and meritorious services in 1989, followed by President’s Medal for distinguished services in 1997. Also, Rajiv Gandhi Award in 2004 for excellent all-round performance and as an outstanding woman achiever. She spent her retirement devoted to social welfare by associating herself with numerous NGOs.