A school student has come up with a device that may help ward off molesters and also take their pictures.
A student of GD Goenka, Rohini, 16-year-old Manu Chopra has come up with this innovative gadget.
"The device can be worn like a wrist watch and gives a shock to the molester, providing the woman has enough time to run or call for help," said Chopra.
The anti-molestation device is activated when it records a significant rise in nerve speed and pulse rate of the victim. It then asks for an activation command and once it comes in contact with the attacker's skin, it delivers a shock of 0.1 ampere, a small potency.
The device also has an inbuilt camera to record the image of the attacker and takes pictures non-stop once activated.
Chopra said that he wanted to "use science to provide safety to women on the street".
Delhi, for the record, witnessed 568 rape cases last year.
According to Chopra, the idea to work on the device came to him when he read about an all-India innovation competition, organised by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF).
The foundation, set up by the government, gives out awards annually to children for their innovation and creativity. This year, they got close to 5,000 entries, out of which 20 were awarded.
Chopra took about six days to make the device.
"The NIF is looking at all aspects of the device now and is working on its viability. Once this is done, it will contact commercial partners to market the product. According to Chopra, the device should cost anything between R200 and Rs 300 in the market.