Mobile phone panic button, for women’s safety

Around two months back, Noida-based Kanika Gupta came across a mobile application meant for women's security which was available for download at Rs 100. Considering that she was staying as a paying guest in the National Capital Region, she downloaded the application on her mobile phone.

"Over a month back, I was coming back from office around 8.30 pm. As I was crossing a dark and isolated lane, I saw a few boys on their bikes driving in a rash manner. They didn't appear decent and I was scared as I was all alone in the lane. I sensed that before it leads to something bad, I should press the panic alert on my mobile," recalls the 24-year-old IT professional.

The application sent the SOS alerts from her phone to her cousin's and roommate's number. The alert gave them Gupta's location.

"I was running towards my house and met my roommate who was following my location," said Gupta, adding she feels secure because of her mobile application.

"Of course, one can't depend entirely on it but there is a feeling that at least someone will reach to help you if need arises," she said.

In December 2011, CanvasM Technologies Ltd, a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra, had developed a mobile application called FightBack meant for women's safety and was available for download on few Nokia handsets. However, post Delhi gangrape case the application was made free and compatible for all types of handsets. The FightBack application sends SOS alerts from the user's phone and uses GPS, SMS, location maps, GPRS, email and Facebook account to inform your dear ones in case you are in danger. This application is currently available for download on the company website for free and is only for Indian mobile numbers. The portal has registered over 5,000 downloads uptil December 24. It has been visited by internet users from 71 Indian cities.

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