City police launch app for women’s safety

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, HindustanTimes, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2015 21:29 IST
Deputy Commissioner of Police Narinder Bhargav launching mobile application designed for women safety in Ludhiana on Friday. (HT Photo )

Women in trouble now need to just shake their Smartphone to shed their fear. Stree Samman, a mobile-phone application to help them call Police Control Room and relatives in times of distress, has come to their rescue.

Developed by Ludhiana police and designed for Smartphone-carrying women, schoolgirls, and college students, the app was launched on Friday at Community Police Resource Centre (CPRC) here. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargava said on the occasion that it was the first women’s safety app that police had come out with in Punjab.

Assistant Commissioner of police (ACP) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal is nodal officer for the project. She will lead 14 women’s police teams deployed around schools, women’s colleges, and vulnerable spots for quick response on receiving the alert. The PCR motorcycle squad will be the team’s backup.

On the app, women can also mark the areas where they feel unsafe and record their reason for fear. The users can also upload picture of these spots. Based on the feedback, police will know where to focus their strength. The application will tell the users about the nearest police station and send them the mobile-phone number of the station house officer (SHO) concerned.

The users can use the app to alert other users and the police about traffic jams, crimes, or accidents. Earlier, the Ludhiana police had formed special teams to prevent gender-related crimes such as sexual harassment.

How it works

After downloading the app, sign up on the Ludhiana police website by sharing your date of birth and the mobile-phone numbers of self and three people you’d like to call in emergency

To alert this group, shake the handset or press a soft button

The app will text the user’s mobile mobile-phone number and location to police and registered friends

If the GPS (global positioning system) is turned off, the application will send the user’s estimated location to police (most mobile-phone users keep GPS turned off to save battery power).

The users also get directions to the nearest police station and the phone number of its SHO

Women can also mark the areas where they feel unsafe and upload pictures of these spots

Users can alert other users and police about traffic jams, crimes, or accidents.

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