The darkest time in the historical backdrop of India concerning the wellbeing of its women was 2012 when a 23-year-old student was group assaulted on a moving bus in Delhi. Since then, the society became a bit more worried concerning the safety of women in the country.
But when none of the endeavors diminished the assault records and injustice that women face, then there popped up a thought that why should a woman depend on others for her safety? It's time she should learn to defend herself. With the same reasoning, many innovative designers came up with ideas which could give women an open the door to protect themselves.
In order to help women guard themselves, various anti-rape devices were developed in the country. So come, let's understand about some of these inventions.
Created by five 22-year-old engineering students from Delhi, 'Safer' is a large gem pendant. It has a small triangular chip installed at its back. On pressing the chip twice, it will connect to an ap and will send an alert to the designated mobile phone of the guardians. They can then track the location of the victim on Google Maps. The pendant is created by Paras Batra; the sales head at Leaf.
Manisha Mohan, an aeronautical engineering student along with her friends created a lingerie called SHE (Society Harnessing Equipment). The cloth basically has an inbuilt GPS system which can detect the location with an electrical-sensor circuit. It has the power to discharge 3800 KV electric shock after the person holding the remote presses the button.
A simple but most popular self-defense tool is a pepper spray. Women around the world are advised to carry it in their bags. Leaving the attacker helpless, this gives the victim enough chance to run away. As reported by NDTV, in 2014, 1000 cans were distributed to young ladies in Delhi.
A .32 bore lightweight revolver, Nirbheek, designed for women by Indian Ordnance Factory (IOF) was launched in 2014. According to The Times Of India, it was made of the titanium alloy and weighs 500 grams.
Samiidha Bhavani is a fully fledged pepper spray, siren and strobe light, a penknife and panic button, attached to one single self-defense steel stick.
Made of acrylic and denim, students from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) designed an anti-molestation jacket. According to Daily Pioneer, the developer of the jacket, Noopur Anand said, "The jacket is inspired by stun gun devices, which work on the principle of momentarily shocking the person into immobility with a low-voltage pulse delivered between two electrodes. The charge in the jacket is delivered to the surface through the metallic contact points which are camouflaged as embellishments. The metallic points are placed in such a way that even if the assailant covers some of the contact knobs while holding you, the rest can be activated to throw him off. Only two contact knobs can deliver the charge. If the button is pressed for about five to six times, it can immobilize a person for over 10-15 minutes, giving the victim a chance to escape or decide on the next course of action."
SafetiPin application is a strong personal safety tracker which is actually a GPS navigation app that helps to track a person who has turned his/her Track Me button on. According to SafetiPin's website, one can trace other's movement on a map and find their exact GPS location if required in a crisis.
According to a report by India Today, sandals that deliver electric shocks and jeans that have an inbuilt SOS button, these two things were developed in 2014. Rijul Pandey and Shalini Yadav who completed their computer science engineering from a private engineering college in Varanasi designed these sandals. While Diksha Pathak and Anjali Srivastava of the same institute developed the SOS for a pair of jeans.
The Amrita Personal Safety System (APSS) is a wearable device that functions along with an android application. According to its official website, it has an ultra-small triggering device which sends alert through the device or a smartphone.
Channel V's VithU is an emergency safety application for women. After installing the application, a power button is visible on the phone. When the button is tapped twice, it automatically sends a message to the pre-loaded contacts. The message will say, "I am in danger. I need help. Please follow my location."
All these inventions are a proof that the society is concerned about keeping its women harmless. But at the end, a woman is the only one who can protect herself.
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