Detective stories always pique the interest of people, and so do the stories of detectives. And if it’s a woman detective, everyone would like to know about her.
Recently, the story of an Indian woman detective was shared with the nation, and people can’t stop talking about it. Rajani Pandit calls herself ‘homegrown, desi Sherlock’, and claims to have solved 80,000 cases, so far.
The Facebook page of Humans of Bombay recently featured Pandit, who started off with her career as a spy at the age of 22.
Rajani, who was in college when she solved the very first case of her life, believes she “learned the art of a thorough investigation” because her father was in CID.
Breaking through all boundaries, she became India’s first female detective. Speaking of the toughest case Rajani ever unravelled, she said, “My toughest case was gathering proof for a murder investigation. Both the husband and the son were murdered, but with no proof as to who did it. For 6 months, I went undercover as a maid to live with the woman who was suspected of being the murderer. When she fell sick, I took care of her and gained her trust slowly. But once, during pin-drop silence, my recorder made a ‘click’ sound. And that’s when she started doubting me. She refrained me from going out at all.”
“Then one day, the hitman who she hired, came to pay her a visit. That’s when I knew it was my chance. So I cut my foot with a knife and told them that I had to go out to get bandaged. I ran out, went to an STD booth and called the client to come home with the police. They were both arrested that day!” she added.
“I’ve also received a few threats here and there–but my work is clean, my mind is clear and my courage is unwavering. But most of all…I’m a homegrown, desi Sherlock — how’s that for a Resumé opener?” Rajani concludes.