I want to change the patio light fixture of my townhouse in California, but I can’t as I need permission from my residential community’s HOA. They need me to file an application for an architectural modification with the city. Whereas in India one doesn’t need special qualifications or license to be a private detective.
A 2010 news article states that things are changing in India. In 2007 The Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House). The proposed bill would require every private detective agency to have an operating license. The bill proposes establishing of Regulation boards at central and state level. The proposed legislation will assure that the private detective agencies function within legal parameters.
At the time of writing, this on 17 May 2016, there is no progress on The Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill. The Indian government website states that The Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) on 13 Aug. 2007. There is “Com. Rep. Feb 13, 2009,” I don’t know what it means. But my search indicates that no license or permissions are require to follow, record, or picture anyone in India.
It seems that most of the rules are self-governed. Rajani Pandit, first female detective in India, says, “No qualification is required to be a detective. It requires concentration, hard work, struggle, in-depth knowledge and dedication towards the profession.” (Private eye: The woman behind the mask!)
AM Malathy, the first women detective in south India, suggests that aspiring detectives should know self-defense and have a quick wit. She adds, “S/he must respect the privacy of the client and be honest and a person of integrity.” (Detective dues.) Kunwar Vikram Singh, President of the Association of Private Detectives of India, warns that unlike the movie and TV detectives, real detective’s work is hard, unglamorous, and requires long hours of patience.
I question if there are no governing body for Private detectives, do they sign a legal contract with their clients? How to the clients protect themselves against a cheat? It seems that anyone with a mobile phone and scooter can be a detective in India.