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Panic button on mobile a game changer for women’s safety, says Maneka

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi in Parliament. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi in Parliament. Photo: Sandeep Saxena   | Photo Credit: Sandeep_Saxena

As per the decision, police help will soon be available at the press of the panic button on mobile handset.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday said the in-built system of panic button on mobiles for women’s safety is a “game changer”.

“We finally managed to get the panic button. We have been working on it over the last two years. I spoke to the Prime Minister and he took it extremely seriously and immediately it has been done so we should give him credit for it,” Ms. Gandhi said.

As per the decision, police help will soon be available at the press of the panic button on mobile handset.

She said, “When I came to the Ministry there were proposals that women should wear necklace (with an inbuilt device pressing which could trigger an alarm).

“So we thought that it is best to have the panic button on the phone. Even in rural areas women have phones now. So we thought two things — one is panic button which was declared today. It is a game changer.”

For the second thing, she said, “I am working on now that till the police come... somebody has developed an application.

This button will alert ten people around you who are closer to you and they can help you till police comes. So I am thinking to make that App compulsory on mobile phones.”

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