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Publication : Times Of India Ahmedabad

Date : 2004 July 17 ;
Section : Front Page Page Number 17


No takers for Miss Marple

If Miss Marple was ever to settle down in Ahmedabad instead of St Mary's Mead, she would be without a job for sure. Going by what city-based detective agencies say ,women detectives have little or no place when it comes to tracking down that cheating husband or shadowing the guy harassing you.

Take the case of Richa shah (name changed) who wanted to hire a detective to shadow her boyfriend. " I suspected him of having an affair with another girl. Since we were to engaged shortly, I wanted to know the truth." Hmm.. okay, so why the discomfort? " It was slightly embarrassing revealing my personal life to male suspected him of having an affair with another girl. Since we were to get engaged shortly, I wanted to know the truth." Hmm.. okay, so why the discomfort? "It was slightly embarrassing revealing my personal life to a male detective." But why not hire a female detective, you ask. With a startled pause, she says, "Oh, are there any?"

A good question, considering there are, arguably, just a couple of female detectives in the city. The others are usually trainees, who chuck the job in a couple of weeks, "on realising that investigation is not just glamour, but also involves a high level of risk", says Jagrutipuri Gosal, a 25-year-old detective, who runs the eight-year-old Ahmedabad Detective Pvt Ltd. The Other, Bharti Prajapati of Royal Security Services, was unavailable for comment.

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Moving back to Gosal, her job involves all the spice you get to see on television - shadowing people, digging out information from MNCs and government departments, investigating copyright violations et al. "I remember a case where I had to track down a man allegedly missing for six months. I stumbled upon his dead body one day.. Whew, can't forget that! What I took to be a simple 'mission person' case turned out to be a rather murky affair. However, that I could crack the case, gave me a high despite the danger involved."

 

But It's precisely this 'danger' involved in the work that is shown as the reason given by detective agencies, for the lack of female investigator in Ahmedabad. "I can't get a woman to sit at a paan ka galla to shadow a suspect. What if she's mistaken to be a hooker?" rationalises Richard J George, branch manager at Globe Detective Services, which has no woman staff on board.

But others like R P Chauhan, director of Perfect Investigation, blame the lack of infrastructure." There are training centers for detectives in Ahmedabad, unlike other cities ." Gosal agrees: "Any adventurous girl who can live with erratic schedules, can easily get into this profession. Safety is not an issue since the police co-operates, if needed. "Gosal claims to get a maximum of two enquiries a year from girls interested in investigative work. And it's not that a detective's job doesn't pay. A good detective easily picks up assignments worth Rs.20,000 a month. And as Chauhan puts it, there's a distinct advantages women have over men, when it comes to getting at the truth." It's easier for a man to spill the beans while talking to a woman. No wonder, it's Gosai who usually deals with cases where official information needs to be dug out from men!"

raheel.dhattiwala@timesgroup.com,