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The Force within: What inspired two women, 20 yrs apart, to join the police force

Here's how fate led 20 year-old Ritu and 40 year-old Satwanti to join the police force.

Ritu might be the youngest cadet at the Delhi Police’s Womens Training Center. She got the job after her father passed away in 2011 while in service. She took the job offer after her mother and elder sister refused. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

“So what if we don’t have a brother? Our father always treated us like boys. He used to say: “Tujhe toh mai police inspector he banauga. Tu toh mera beta hai (I will make you an inspector, you are my son,” explains Ritu, adding that’s she enlisted without a second thought. She is also doing her graduation so that she can become an inspector and not get stuck as a constable (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

But Ritu’s real passion is dance. She used to think that she would become a choreographer. “My family and friends say I dance like Madhuri Dixit,” she says. “But after my father’s death his dream has become my dream but I will not leave dance.” (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

Ritu says she is not shy when it comes to dancing. "Music sunteh hei main dance karne lagti hu. Birthday ho ya shaadi, mujhe toh moka milna chahiye (Be it a birthday party or a wedding, I start dancing wherever there's music)," she adds. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

Ritu is full of life and a big time foodie. "Me and my papa were very fond of junk food, kuch bhi, kahi bhi kha lete the." (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

Everyone in the camp is fond of her because of her affectionate and helpful nature. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

She is a strong girl and hardworking too. Ritu’s trainers says. “Don’t go by her soft looks.” (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

Another woman who embodies the saying 'women are born strong' is 40 year-old Satwanti. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

She lost her husband in 2012 and remembers him with a lot of fondness. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

"Our's was not a love marriage but he used to love me so much that whenever I went to my mom's house he used to write me letters with his blood," says Satwanti. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

Satwanti claims that her late husband was a big romantic at heart and used get her lots of gifts on his travels. "Filmy hero jaisa tha," she says. His last gift to her were two rocking chairs that he got from Myanmar. "When my kids were young, they used to fight for it all the time. Once, I told them that it was for their wedding and they never fought after that. But my husband had something else in mind. He used to tell me that in old age we would relax in these chairs," says Satwanti. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

"Time yu hei beet jaata hai, pata hei nahi chalta (time flies so fast that you don't even realise it)," she adds. Now, her daughter is a Chartered Accounts student and is in her 2nd year while her son is in Class 12. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).

"I am constantly worrying about them as I stay away from them. They are very proud of me and for them I am a respected DCP sahib and not a constable," she says. (Express photo by Renuka Puri).