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Lalita Iyer
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Nirbhaya's parents launch women safety app

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A new application designed to ensure the safety of women was launched by the parents of Nirbhaya, the victim of December 2012 Delhi gang-rape. Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi were participating in a two-day First International Conference on 'Exploring Modern Science and Technology Solutions for Humanity. Education and Rights' held at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad.

The app, "I Feel Safe", works even if there is no internet connection and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). It is a personal safety application for smartphone users developed in association with Mobile Standards Alliance of India and launched by Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust, an institute formed to provide shelter and legal assistance to women who have experienced violence.

The app places an automatic call to the national emergency number 100 and the location of the potential victim is tracked every 30 seconds. In case of emergency, it sends the location information to the emergency contacts and emergency call centre team.

The app has a virtual panic button. Mobile phone owners can simply press the “Safety Ka Power Button” five times to activate an alarm. The free download app works across India on all mobile networks and sends near real-time updates about the location of the mobile user.

Nirbhaya’s parents said that even if one girl was rescued through “I feel safe” app, their purpose would be served. “If such a technology was available then, my daughter would have been saved. My daughter tried to make a call through her mobile, but it was snatched away by the culprits,” said Asha Devi.

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