Inspector Shakti Devi from the Jammu and Kashmir Police was on Monday awarded the prestigious international female peacekeeper award by the UN’s police division for her contribution while on duty with the UN mission in Afghanistan and helping victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
The Indian policewoman officer is currently on deputtion with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) where she has achieved targets in setting up Women Police Councils across the conflict-battered country with women and children being the majority of victims, said the UN Police Division said.
“In addition, her consistent engagement in improving the service for victims of sexual and gender-based violence has led to successful investigation and prosecution,” the UN agency said.
Devi was given the award at the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) conference held earlier this month in Winnipeg, Canada. The award is given to an outstanding female police peacekeeper serving in a UN peace mission and is organised in partnership with the IAWP Awards programme.
India is the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping operations worldwide with over 170,000 troops deployed in 43 out of 69 peacekeeping missions of the United Nations Security Council. In turn, the UN owes India $110 million, the second highest outstanding payment to any country, for the costs in deploying its paramilitary and military personnel to work on these peacekeeping missions.