You’ve been wowed by Vidya Balan’s stint as a woman detective in “Bobby Jasoos”, but did you know about Rajani Pandit, a real life lady jasoos, who is the first Woman Private Detective of India?

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The daughter of a renowned CID inspector in Police, Rajani had been bitten by the sleuthing bug way back when she was in school, having helped get a fellow friend out of the influence of a bad company. After finishing her graduation, she had decided to pursue it further, taking up a 3-months temporary job. During that time, she helped a woman recover her stolen jewelry and confront the one responsible, one of her own sons!

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It was right then that she decided to take up the profession full-time. Being a woman in a “Man’s Profession”, she faced difficulties and mockery from everyone, with even the Marathi newspaper she wanted to post an ad in, refusing to accept it. However, one day she ended up solving a case for a friend of the editor of the same newspaper, which finally got her an interview. Since then, she didn’t didn’t need any more publicity, as her fame grew through word of mouth.

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Today a highly accomplished private detective, the 50-year-old lady has a team of around 20 people, and her agency, Rajani Pandit Detective Services, has till date solved over 75,000 cases! One of her most memorable cases, she recounts, is one in which she had to live in a stranger’s house as a servant for six months, at the end of which, a murderer was arrested.

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Belonging to a middle-class family in Thane, Rajani’s father hadn’t supported her decision at first, however, she’d always had her mother by her side.

My father said that this is not a suitable field for women. But my mom knew I had been very stubborn since I was young. She just said that I should be allowed to do whatever I want to do.

Wrought with dangers and having had no formal training, her courage, and desire to help people are what drive her. Asked whether she ever felt scared in this risky line of work, she had this to say:

Dar meri dictionary mein nahi hai. What do you feel scared of? Death, right? You can care as much as you want to, but when death has to come, it will come when it is destined.

An inspiration to all of us, Rajani Pandit broke the gender discrimination of our patriarchal society that tells women what they can and cannot do, helping prove once again, that there is no field of work that women cannot enter and excel in.

A huge salute to her, and to all women!