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Updated: June 4, 2013 14:52 IST

A bra that gives gropers a shock

Vasudha Venugopal
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The Delhi gang-rape case acted as the group’s catalyst, inspiring them to come up with such an innovation

Men who try to harass women in crowded places may soon get the shock of their lives – literally.

Three students of SRM University have developed a bra, loaded with power sensors and an electronic circuit, which is activated the moment someone tries to grope a woman wearing it. The perpetrator will receive a jolt of 3,800 KV — causing him intense pain.

Before developing the product, Manisha Mohan, a second-year automobile engineering student, along with her team mates, Niladri Basu and Rimpa Tripathi, students of instrumentation engineering, conducted a survey among women students on campus. This, they say, helped them develop what was initially only an idea.

“We wanted to create a device that would always be there when needed. And so, it needed to be located in the bra, a garment worn every day by all women, unlike a jacket or a coat,” said Manisha, who is from Chandigarh.

The Delhi gang-rape case acted as the group’s catalyst, inspiring them to come up with such an innovation, she said.

“In many cases across the country, women are forbidden by their families from working late or going to certain places and have to be accompanied at all times — all in the name of safety. But still, women are constantly harassed and molested on buses, trains and in public places. We wanted to start fighting that, and if protection is necessary, let us do it on our own,” said Manisha.

Last month, the team was invited by researchers at IIM-Ahmedabad to deliver a talk on their product.

So how does it work? Manisha explains, “When a man tries to grope a woman, he will get a shock. The jolt is severe, but only for one-millionth of a second. This will force him to withdraw, but if he doesn’t, the next shock will be prolonged and can lead him to collapse.”

The device is also fitted with GPS (global positioning system) and GSM (global system for mobile communications), which will send out an instant alert to the nearest police station as well as to the woman’s family, said Rimpi.

“We are uploading important numbers on to a chip that is attached to the bra,” she added.

Will women actually wear a bra that has sensors and circuits? “None of the electronic equipment will come into contact with the skin,” said Rimpi, who is from Assam. “The bra is completely safe because it has a very thick insulating layer, and we have used very high quality electronic products. Now, we are now working towards making the linen 100 per cent skin-friendly,” she said.

Niladri, the third team member said, “If the woman happens to get drenched, the batteries will discharge themselves. So there is no threat of a short circuit.”

The response to their product, said Rimpi, has been very positive so far. “Many women in India and abroad have mailed us asking for the price. We are still working on the cost. It will be definitely more than that of regular bras, but we are trying to keep it as low as possible,” she said.

As of now, the team is trying to make the bra as compact as possible. “Once that is done, we will look at producing it in different sizes,” said Niladri.

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When i read this i had two doubts in my mind..
First Question : when the gropper catches the hand of same person and misbehaves the current/volt will be passed to the victim also right? she will also feel the shock.. is i'm right?
Second Question : India is a populated country how will this product work on crowded areas?

May be whoever is creating this must have taken these points to account as well or it would be a bane rather than a boon.

from:  Mani
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 13:13 IST

Dear Readers,

Empowered bra is an well come move provided it is tested and sold at a
practical and affordable price, it is mostly the lower and the middle
class girls become hapless victim to the monsters. If this becomes a
commercial production perhaps all the girls can walk on the road
freely without any inhibition. For these students, they should get
their product patented and contact any of the major factories to do
the production, if the student get involved in these production
activities then they may not have time to invent new products which
will be useful to the society.

from:  david.p
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 10:12 IST

Cheeky bra. Yet I would appreciate the technology that is put in to make
it work. You have actually made a self defense weapon. In a world where
tracers are more of a defensive weapon, this will be a break through as
this can also help law enforcement organisation to do riot/mob control
if it can be made into gloves and lathi. Great innovation.Good luck.
Much needed for the hour.

from:  senthil
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 04:41 IST

Terrible idea. This is really being paranoid. If a groper wants to grope they'll figure
out a way to do it. Remember, despite high technology security systems, thefts at
banks keep happening. Its not a problem with security, its the intention of the
robber. Use your brain in developing something useful.

from:  Manmadha
Posted on: May 8, 2013 at 00:50 IST

if she gets shock due to malfunction then she will faint or get a heart
attack supposedly.. 3,800 kv is a huge volt; but its shame on us.... guys behave badly
with girls, its a best example to show the extent of how much a girl is
suffering because of bad guys...
which had led to crazy inventions like this....

from:  Santhosh Narayanan
Posted on: May 7, 2013 at 11:27 IST

Will you be able to wash the innerwear?

from:  Lloyd
Posted on: May 7, 2013 at 10:36 IST

Hope ,it should not be a radiation hazard. Or does it need any opinion from the medical
experts,before retailing.....

from:  Ramachandran
Posted on: May 7, 2013 at 10:15 IST
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