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Where There Is a Will There Is a Way: The Navjyoti Model of Collaboration between Police and Mothers in Delhi

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At the Regional IAVE Conference in India early in 2002, Dr. Kiran Bedi, the first and highest ranking woman in the Indian Police Services, shared some of her experiences in helping the poor of Delhi. In this first-person article, Dr. Bedi discusses a very special organization that she helped to found:

"There is a saying 'where there is a will, there is a way.' Whenever such sayings are put into practice in any appropriate form these become an example for others to emulate. I will share with you one such story which proves this.

"Fifteen years ago, fourteen serving police officers - and I was one of them - of Delhi Police, came together and registered a non-governmental organization called 'NAVJYOTI'. It was set up to prevent crime through methods of prevention, correction, treatment, rehabilitation and social development."