Women safety has been a nationwide topic of debate. In order to curtail such issues, a mobile application called Smart 24X7 App, also known as Raksha, was launched by the Chandigarh police nearly a month ago.
The app is user-friendly and people can download it in their mobile phones though Google Play, Window Phone, App World and App Store.
To start with it, after downloading the app, one has to click on the installation button, and after the registration, you can use it.
With the help of this app, your mobile phone gets connected to the police control room and in case of any distress you can seek police help by pressing the panic button.
Talking about the overall the response so far, RR Upadhyaya, inspector general of police of Chandigarh, said, "The response has been quite good, and people have been appreciating the effort."
He added, "To make women aware about the uses and benefits of the app, the police administration is organising seminars in different colleges."
Recently, an interaction session was held at Government College of Girls, Sector 42, and students were apprised about benefits of the Smart App and iClick (instant complaint login internet kiosk) machine installed in Sector 22, Chandigarh.
Harshdeep Kaur, MA (sociology) second-year student, said, "The initiative is very impressive. It is going to be helpful, as now women don't have to go to police station to register complaints."
Poonam Bala, another student, did not find the app interesting, and said not everyone owns a smartphone.
Asking how many people have downloaded it till now, the IGP said, "Over 2,100 people have downloaded the app till now, and a total of 43 complaints have been received within 15 days of the launch of iClick service,"said Upadhyaya.
Kavya Mahajan, a student of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, said, "I got to know about the app through a special seminar held by the police department, and I think the app is a going to benefit people. More number of women should be made aware about its benefits."
Though many are appreciating the programme, some are completely unware about it. "I have no idea about any such initiative. Is it being advertised on TV?"said Ruby Chamoli, a second-year student of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46.