New phone app to make safety a click away for women
That Delhi is among the most unsafe places for women in the country is no secret. So a city-based NGO has made an effort to make them feel safer.delhi Updated: Oct 01, 2011 01:00 IST
That Delhi is among the most unsafe places for women in the country is no secret. So a city-based NGO has made an effort to make them feel safer.
Whypoll, an NGO — with the help of inputs from women who were harassed, teased or molested — has identified 100 places in Delhi and NCR that are most unsafe for women.
The NGO will now launch an SOS mobile application next month, targeting women. Through the application, called Fight Back, women will be able to immediately alert friends or relatives if they feel threatened anytime and anywhere.
It can be downloaded from the NGO’s website — whypoll.org.
“Three simple steps need to be followed. The first is to download the application. The software will be available for a nominal fee. The user can program up to five phone numbers in the application. When one feels threatened they can click on the application. It asks for a confirmation and on receiving it, sends an SMS to the programmed numbers, saying you are in trouble. The message will also flash on Facebook,” said Shweta Punj, co-founder, Whypoll.
The application is currently for smart phone users only. In GPS enabled phones, one’s location will also be flashed after sending the SOS. “We are currently targeting women but it can be used by vulnerable groups such as elderly people and kids as well,” said Hindol Sengupta, co-founder, Whypoll.