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Women Safety: Soon a Panic Button on Phones

In the wake of increasing attacks and violence against women in our society, a landmark decision has been taken by the government where it is considering to introduce panic button in cell phone and has asked all the mobile phone manufacturers to work on its feasibility, said the Union Women and Child Development Minster Meneka Gandhi while addressing a student parliament, organised by the ABVP(Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad). when the women were asked to come up with the suggestions and measures to tackle this growing menace, they suggested ideas like wearing specialised neckless, rings and bracelets laced with SOS message sending feature. Ms Gandhi said, "Why should we do that? Are women prisoners that they have to move with these devices? How can we ensure availability, affordability and usage of these devices among rural women". She further added that considering the limitations of these devices the government has come up with an idea of having an inbuilt panic button in all the cells phones. These phone with the feature of the panic button will have a direct linkage to the GPS and pressing this panic button will send an SMS to a set of numbers that will provide the location information.The government is in direct contact with the phone manufacturers to materialise this ambitious plan in few coming months. The government is quite aware with the fact that it can take too long to access emergency response app when in rush and it will be much quicker and convenient to the user if the panic button will be integrated with the phone The three-day parliament started n Thursday with representatives from all across the universities in India nad discussing issues faced by women and draw government's attention towards the safety and development of women.

In the wake of increasing attacks and violence against women in our society, a landmark decision has been taken by the government where it is considering to introduce panic button in cell phone and has asked all the mobile phone manufacturers to work on its feasibility, said the Union Women and Child Development Minster Meneka Gandhi, while addressing a student parliament, organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The stand has been taken to enhance women safety in the country.

When the women were asked to come up with the suggestions and measures to tackle this growing menace, they suggested ideas like wearing specialized necklace, rings and bracelets laced with SOS message sending feature. Ms Gandhi said:

Why should we do that? Are women prisoners that they have to move with these devices? How can we ensure availability, affordability and usage of these devices among rural women.

She further added that considering the limitations of these devices the government has come up with an idea of having an inbuilt panic button in all the cells phones.

These phone with the feature of the panic button will have a direct linkage to the GPS and pressing this panic button will send an SMS to a set of numbers that will provide the location information.

The government is in direct contact with the phone manufacturers to materialize this ambitious plan in few coming months. The government is quite aware with the fact that it can take too long to access emergency response app when in rush and it will be much quicker and convenient to the user if the panic button will be integrated with the phone.

The three-day parliament started in Thursday with representatives from all across the universities in India discussing issues faced by women and draw government’s attention towards the safety and development of women.

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Ranjeet Kumar Upadhyay is a Computer Engineer by profession. He recently finished his B.TECH from Uttaranchal Institute Of Technology, Dehradun. He has been working in AON for last two years. He has a great taste for technology and loves to read and write.

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