Meet India’s real life ‘Mardaani’

New Delhi: She is bold and beautiful. Meet Sanjukta Parashar, one of the very few women from Assam to join the Indian Police Services who is topping the social media charts.

With a Ph D degree from Jawaharlal University, Sanjukta could have easily opted for job as an academic. But this mother of a two-year-old decided to take the harder way. She works as the Superintendent of Police (SP), Jorhat District, Assam, and has taken on militant groups.

Sanjukta now regularly leads CRPF jawans and commandos through Assam’s jungles armed with an AK-47. According to the reports, Sanjukta has shot over 16 militants and has arrested more than 64 of them in the past few months.

Sanjukta’s first posting in 2008 as Assistant Commandant of Makum saw her being dispatched within hours to Udalguri to control ethnic clashes between Bodo and illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

Sanjukta got married to Puru Gupta, who is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Chirang district, Assam.

Last month, her team arrested militants responsible for lethal attacks on Army convoys.

A real life ‘Mardaani’ indeed.



  • Sanjukta, after completing her schooling from Holy Child School, Guwahati, acquired her Bachelor’s degree in political science from IP College, Delhi University
  • Sanjukta did her Master’s in International Relations from JNU, New Delhi. She then moved to Indonesia and earned an M Phil followed by a Ph D in US foreign policy
  • Sanjukta secured the 85th Position in the civil services entrance examination and opted to join the police service.


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