All phones sold in India must include panic buttons so as to ensure women safety

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There are situations when an individual will need urgent help, but the procedures of unlocking their devices, dialing a help line or even sending a message to someone they know might not be quick enough to save them, before that even happens, it might be too late. Now, instead of passing through these processes, a distressed user would simply push a dedicated physical panic button which will then send an alert to the nearest security agency based on the users location who will then respond.

Following the increase in violence on women, the telecommunications ministry in India has announced that all mobile phone manufacturers selling phones in the country are required to include a panic button in their devices starting from 1st of January, 2017, while GPS navigation systems will be mandatory on all devices by 2018. This emergency feature could be activated by holding down either numbers 5 or 9 on the device keypad and is done as part of an effort to enhance the safety of women.

Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Communications Minister

Women’s safety in India has been a serious issue following reports of fatal gang rapes and other forms of violence. There are more than 330,000 reported cases of violence against women in 2014, according to government statistics, up 9% from the previous year. India’s minister for women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, was the one who proposed for mandated panic buttons last year.

This isn’t difficult for OEMs to comply with, GPS isn’t really an issue, virtually all devices sold in India already include that function, thus making it easy for a caller who’s in trouble to be located. As said initially, regulations will go into effect starting next year.

India, officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.32 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

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