Indian Police to Launch Women Safety App

Indian Police to Launch Women Safety App
Local police in the Indian city of Gurgaon plan to launch an app to increase women’s safety.

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(CCM) — Police in Gurgaon, an Indian metro city near the nation’s capital Delhi, have announced that they will launch a smartphone app to help guarantee the safety of women. The app, which will work even in the absence of an internet connection, is likely to be launched for Android devices by the end of the year. It will have a special SOS button that immediately sends a message along with the GPS location of the person to their emergency contacts and nearby police station.

The move comes after questions have arisen about local police’s ability to stop street harassment, rapes, and other such accidents in the city. According to a recent survey, more than 1,200 areas in the city are marked as “unsafe” for women, with its posh Golf Course Road among the most unsafe. In addition to the app, the city’s police commissioner, Sandeep Khirwar, has proposed a helpline number to curb such cases and activities against women. He also acknowledged that adequate city buses and street lights are needed late at night, in addition to the need for CCTV cameras in residential neighborhoods, roads, and malls. Gurgaon already scores poorly in safety audits that grade based on lighting, visibility, security, and public transportation in the city.

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