A good number of women in India have faced an assault at some point in their life or the other. While there are lots of analysis as to what provokes these assaults, the occurrences of it are never fully curbed.
Instead of spending time unnecessarily trying to theorise such assaults, wise women have now started taking measures to ensure their dignity is never compromised.
Here are five free apps that have been built for such a cause:
1) Nirbhaya: Be Fearless
Nirbhaya: Be Fearless app gives a true sense of security to women. It has a GPS based Geo-Fence feature, with which user can alert friends and family as and when she leaves a selected radius or enters it.
Another interesting feature of the app is the ‘Unsafe area alert’. The app notifies the user when she enters an area that has been marked unsafe for women.
Most importantly it has a power button, on tapping which, the app instantly sends an SOS message to emergency contacts pre-entered by the user.
App highlights: Unsafe area alert, Geo-fencing
In addition to the feature to have an SOS message delivered to emergency contacts who are pre-entered, this app also notifies user once any of them accepts her call for help.
Through this app, the user can even take pictures from her location and send to preferred contacts.
Such features make the app ideal for on-crisis help.
App highlights: Help request acceptance notification, Use of camera
3) Women Security
Women Security is yet another safety app for women. A standout feature of this safety app is that it can work even without internet connectivity. Through its voice record option, the app records audio strips of 45 seconds each which can be sent to emergency contacts via email or text (if offline).
This app can help provide evidence of assault, if unfortunately, the user’s safety is compromised.
App Highlights: Offline operation, Voice recorder
4) Raksha – Women safety alert
A unique feature of this app is that it provides the map to the location of the user, if she sends out a distress signal. The user need not even open the app in order to send her location for help. By simply pushing the volume button in the manner recommended, the app picks up the GPS location of the device and shares it with user’s emergency contacts. This could help the user keep her smart device hidden from the potential attacker.
App Highlights: Use of volume button for distress signal, map to user location
5) Woman Safety Shield Protection
In the face of an emergency, this app allows the user to place direct calls to the nearest police station or hospital. As with most safety apps, Woman Safety Shield Protection also has the option to pre-record emergency contacts. It also allows the user to click pictures if her security is compromised.
App Highlights: Call closest police station or hospital
While we wish you would never need to use any of these apps, there is no harm in having a line of defense on your smart device, atleast until the time daughters of this land can walk free of fear, and stories of assault is nothing but a distant nightmare.