IPS officer Chhaya Sharma, who headed the investigation team of the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, has been conferred with the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership.
- Chhaya Sharma has guided teams in the detection and investigation of sensitive criminal cases and protection of human rights.
- In 2017, Chhaya Sharma has performed a crucial role in drafting Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines to Combat Trafficking of Persons in India.
- The award is granted to those who manifest courage on behalf of human rights, humanitarian compassion, justice, freedom and human dignity.
- Other famous awardees are-MalalaYousafzai (2015) and Dikembe Mutombo (2016).
The McCain insititute was founded in 2012.Its leader is Kurt Volker.The institute located in Washington D.C.