Indian government has decided thatAll mobile phones sold in India will be required to have a panic button from 1st January 2017 and global positioning system (GPS) from 1st January 2018 as part of an effort to enhance safety for women. It is announced the country’s telecommunications ministry this week.
The new movement mainly aims to help improve security of women and increase accountability of the security forces as well. Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that “Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women?”.
For basic phones while the numeric keys 5 and 9 will be used for panic buttons to enable an emergency call and in smartphones manufactures will have to introduce a new panic button to enable an emergency call or use the power button to do the same by pressing it in quick succession three times.
the movement had been first proposed by Maneka Gandhi India’s minister for women and child. Women’s safety in India got worldwide attention following reports of gang rapes and other forms of violence. There were more than 3 lakh reported cases of violence against women in 2014.
Safetipin, bSafe, iSafety, TellTail and Delhi Police’s Himmat are some of the safety apps with similar features. Flipkart, Amazon India and Snapdeal are also the retailers offering pepper spray, batons, brass knuckles and lipstick stun guns for the safety of womens.