Reading Time: 3 minutesSarah Rizvi is the first Muslim woman from Gujarat Police to hog the limelight and make the people proud by becoming IPS (Indian Police Service) officer. She cracked India’s most coveted Civil Services Examination 20008 which no other female member of her community could not do it. Sarah is the role model for every parents who want to teach their girl child and for all those women aspirants of Civil Service Exams.
Sarah Rizvi got her first posting in Jamnagar district of Gujarat as a probationer IPS for the six months and then she was transferred as Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP in Gondal, Rajkot.
After becoming an IPS officer, she loves her job and never gets upset with her duties. Although she is proud to be a woman IPS Officer, Sarah Rizvi wants to change the image or the public perception about the Police force.
Sarah Rizvi comes from an educated family. Her father Afzal Ahmed is a Science Graduate and deals a small business of readymade garments. Her mother Nigar Rizvi is an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University. Her brother Wasif Rizvi is a Civil Engineer employed in Saudi Arabia and sister Sameera is a computer science graduate settled in Dubai. Sarah Rizvi married to Munawar Khan, a trainee Asst. Security Commissioner in RPF, in 2008.
Sarah Rizvi was born and brought up in Mumbai. She got educated in Mumbai. She completed her graduation in Commerce from MMK College, Mumbai. Sarah Rizvi wanted to become a Chartered Accountant and she completed her Foundation Course while doing graduation.
After completing graduation from MMK College, she attended a lecture on competitive exam. Sarah Rizvi got inspired by a lecture of Dr. K.M. Arif, educationist and chairman of Dream Foundation and suggested her to appear for UPSC Civil Services Exam.
Attempts by Sarah Rizvi
Sarah Rizvi failed in the first two attempts in the Preliminary Exam but succeeded in the third attempt. Her family supported her a lot in decision making. MESCO, Modern Educational Social & Cultural Organisation, a trust in Mumbai helped her financially. Finally she cleared UPSC Exam in 2008. AMU recognized and awarded her.
Message for Muslim Women.
Sarah Rizvi conveys her message to all women that life is a precious gift from Allah and only we can make or spoil it. She urges Muslim parents to educate their girl children and make them capable of making their own decisions. She dedicates a couplet to those girls who are taking education as a challenge…
Shahraahe Zindagi se Doston Guzro to Yun,
Dhoondhne wale Tumhara Naqsh-e Pa Dhoondha Kare.