Courage And Leadership Award For The DCP Who Cracked The Nirbhaya Case

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If you’ve watched the Netflix Original Delhi Crime, you also must have been in awe of the lady officer who was the force behind catching the culprits of the infamous Nirbhaya rape case. The real-life Vartika Chaturvedi, played by Shefali Shah is actually Chhaya Sharma, an officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS). She was recently conferred with McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership.


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The McCain Award for Courage and Leadership is presented each year to honour an individual who has stood unwaveringly for fundamental values and has inspired the world through acts of selfless courage. The famous recipients of this award have been Malala Yousafzai (2015) and Dikembe Mutombo (2016). It is bestowed on those who show courage on behalf of human rights, humanitarian compassion, justice, freedom, and human dignity.

In her 19-year long career, Sharma has always had a victim-centric approach while solving cases. She has led several teams and dealt with sensitive and human rights cases, mainly those about women and children. However, solving the Nirbhaya case was nothing short of a milestone in her career.

We all salute the bravado of this exceptional woman!

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