Police to launch women safety app ‘Raksha’ on Tuesday

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 05, 2015 10:03 IST

Women in distress will now get police aid within five minutes if they shake their phone in a specific manner or press a button. The Chandigarh police on January 6 will launch a women safety application, ‘Raksha’, which will trigger alarm bells in case a woman needs help.

The application will be launched by UT member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher. The development is significant as 64 rapes and 100 molestation cases were reported to the Chandigarh police last year.

The women, after downloading the application on their phones, will have to register themselves with the department through its website. A unique number will be generated which will be connected to the mobile phones of the women registered with the Chandigarh Police.

The ‘panic’ option of the application will not only alert the police, but also five other contacts provided by a woman on the application. The police will also keep a record of five contacts each of the registered users. The police would have their numbers and photographs.

UT IGP RP Upadhyaya said this application was being introduced to provide a safe environment to the city’s women. Other technology-based measures were also in the pipeline, he added.

Once a user seeks help through the application, the police will be able to trace the location of the woman. Even if the application is switched off, it can send signals of distress if the phone’s volume key is pressed for a few seconds, besides sending the user’s exact whereabouts. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had also launched this application in Delhi last year.

Chandigarh police to procure iPADs

The police have procured 10 iPads which will be used by its control room and PCR vans. The iPads have been sponsored under the community social responsibility scheme.

The police are also in the process of procuring 90 more iPads. Every PCR vehicle will have an iPad in which crime data base will be uploaded. The cops are also being given training for using the iPads to upload crime scenes and information related to criminals.

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