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We have often seen in movies how male detectives, mostly, solve cases by putting pieces of puzzles together and an interesting plot keep us at the edge of our seat.

What if we tell you that India’s 56-year-old first female detective has 8,000 solved cases to her credit in 22 years of experience. Be it dealing with violent crimes or saving herself from a hitman- Rajani Pandit is brave and is fondly known as “Indian Sherlock” by her close ones.

Rajani Pandit

Rajani Pandit

Thanks to Humans of Bombay, Rajani’s story is an inspiration to many who aspire to be a private investigator. Till the time of publishing this story, her post got 27,000+ Likes, 970+ comments and more than 25000 people have shared her story on Facebook.

Curiosity is in her blood and Rajani learned the art of investigation from her father who was in CID. While sharing her story, she said, “I was in college when I solved my first case.”

Slowly through word of mouth, people started approaching Rajani to solve their cases. I was approached by news channels and papers–I became India’s first female detective–it was unheard of! And it’s a tough job, my parents didn’t even know until much later!” she said.

Further, in the same post, she mentions, “My toughest case was gathering proof for a murder investigation” where both the son and husband were killed and there was no proof. Rajani went undercover as a maid and lived with the woman who was suspected of being the murderer. “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 recalls.

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Due to the risks involved, her father asked her to stay away from the profession, to which Rajani said, “If he could do it, so could I!”