Violet Baruah, an IPS officer has become the first-ever woman to be promoted to the rank of Inspector General of Assam Police on December 27.
In an official notification, the State home department promoted Baruah, who received the President’s police medal for distinguished service this year, to the rank of Inspector General of Police with the effect from January 1, 2022.
“I have never said no to any posting or task in my career. Rejecting a job has never been my style of functioning. That is why I was out of Guwahati for most of my service,” Baruah was quoted as saying by PTI.
The Assam police’s senior-most woman officer is currently posted as the deputy inspector general of police (BTAD) in the Kokrajhar district.
She also received President’s medal for meritorious service in 2012.
Baruah, who had joined the police force in 1992 as an Assam police service officer and got nominated to IPS in 2004, opined that gender empowerment has been taking place everywhere, but the need of the hour is “gender mainstreaming”.
“It requires personal initiative also. I personally opted for a field job and I did not face any barrier in that. Nowadays many women have come forward to join the police, but I feel more should come,” she added.
The 59-year-old officer had served as the superintendent of police in four districts – Morigaon, Goalpara, Cachar and Barpeta, besides working in the CID wing of the Assam police.
Along with Baruah, eight other DIGs of the state police were promoted to the rank of IG, the government notification said. They are Anand Prakash Tiwari, Diganta Barah, Lachit Barua, Deboraj Upadhaya, Mridulananda anta Kumar Bhuyan and Nitul Gogoi, it added.