A.M. Malathy is considered South India’s first female detective. There are two conflicting reports on how she got started as a private detective. Most articles report she started her detective agency from her home in Chennai. She formed an all women clientage by approaching women at temples and shopping complexes. Whereas The New Indian Express article reports that in 1989, she approached a detective-agency as a client. Later she worked for the said detective-agency and married the owner of the detective-agency. This led her to open Malathy Women’s Detective Agency in 1999. Whatever may be the case, today she has 50 freelance women detectives working for her.