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IPS Chhaya Sharma, Who Nabbed Nirbhaya’s Culprits, Honoured With 2019 McCain Institute Award

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  •  May 15, 2019

IPS officer Chhaya Sharma, who led the investigation team of the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, was felicitated with the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership on Friday at Arizona State University, USA.

Presented to honour an individual who has stood firmly for fundamental values and has inspired the world through acts of selfless courage, the award recognizes the individual’s service to humankind.

Appreciating Sharma’s service, McCain Institute released a statement that said, “A resolute guardian of human rights, Chhaya has led teams in detection and investigation of sensitive criminal cases and protection of human rights during her career spanning over 19 years. Sharma’s policing has consistently reflected victim-centric approach through her numerous investigations of serious crimes, particularly against women and children.

As the head of the special investigation team, she closely supervised all aspects of the investigation of the Nirbhaya case by actively taking charge of the situation – making quick decisions, giving directions, assimilating information and guiding with succinct inputs – all the while coordinating efforts of various teams. During the six grueling days of the manhunt across five Indian States, Sharma stood as a shield for her team of officers and men, insulating them from mounting media and civil society pressures, which led to the quick apprehension of the perpetrators of that ghastly crime.”

Sharma’s unparalleled determination and will power to fight for Nirbhaya made her a true hero that also inspired a seven-part-series named ‘Delhi Crime’, which garnered a lot of praise.

“As the lead investigator, Sharma kept the focus on meticulous documentation and collection of scientific evidence. The charge-sheet in this case, filed in a record 18 day, withstood various stages of judicial scrutiny all the way up to the Supreme Court and resulted in a conviction with maximum punishment,” the statement added.

Speaking to The Logical Indian, Sharma shared, “I am honoured to receive the award which acknowledged the entire body of work that I have done and not just the most discussed case. I am humbled by this international honour, but at heart, I continue to be a person who nurtures empathy and kindness in an otherwise tough and hard-hitting profession. This allows me to sleep in peace.”



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