This ‘Desi Sherlock’ story is inspiring people online

After 40 days in prison, India's first woman detective, 65-year-old Rajani Pandit is released on March 14 from Thane Jail on bail. 

Rajni Pandit has been working as a private investigator for several years. Now the desi Sherlock has become the talk of town, thanks to the Humans of Bombay Facebook page.

A story shared by Pandit, known as the first woman private investigator in the state of Maharashtra, has gone viral, with more than 16,000 likes and several shares, making her an overnight celebrity. As her father worked with the CID, Pandit said it helped her learn the art of a “thorough investigation.”

From her first case to the toughest one she faced, there were many stories she shared. She said people started approaching her through word of mouth, tracking her down 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 also shared her toughest case till date: she was given the task of gathering proof for a murder investigation. She went undercover as a maid for six months to find out who killed a father and his son.

So it comes as no surprise that Pandit says she is married to her job and never felt the need to start a family. Looks like she’s living her dream, winning laurels, awards and some threats along the way.

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