Central Government is planning to introduce a ‘Panic Button’ in cell phones for Women’s safety and has asked all mobile manufacturers to work on such a feature, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi announced on Friday.
According to the proposal, a panic button will be embedded on the mobile phones integrated with GPS connectivity when pressed will send a SMS to set of numbers and it will send location information as well.
“When we asked for suggestions about what precautions can the girls take to keep themselves safe and escape out of emergency situations, we were flooded with ideas, including wearing specialized necklaces, bracelets and rings which had certain SOS message features. Why should we do that? Are women prisoners so they always have to move with these devices? How can we ensure availability, affordability and usage of these devices among rural women,” the minister said.
Considering the limitations of emergency response apps which will be very difficult to access in a hurry and implanting such a button on the mobile will make the task faster and easier.
Talking about various schemes initiated by NDA government, she said the government has taken many bold steps in the last one year and concentrating much on ‘beti bachao’, ‘beti padhao’ and reservation for women posts in police stations.