Times of India: A group of citizens in association with the Pune police and the Yeshwantrao Chavan Pratishthan have developed a mobile application for women in trouble. Users can download this application on their phones for free and click on the application when in trouble to send a message directly to the police control room.
Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Asgar Godhrawala, who developed the software for mobile phones, said, “For using this software, users need to be equipped with a handset that has a camera. Initially, it will be available on Android phones and in a fortnight the application will be available on other phones as well.”
The application will be made available in a week’s time on the website www.safewomenindia.com. Once the application is downloaded on the mobile, it will be ready for use.
“When a citizen clicks on the application, it will record sounds and images and this recording will be sent to the police control room. The user can also record their message informing the location or other information, which will also be received by the police,” he said.
Senior police inspector Bhanupratap Barge, who was present at the news conference, said, “We support this initiative and we will ensure that as soon as the message is received by the police, the nearest patrolling vehicle will reach the crime spot within three to five minutes.”
Barge said, “Citizens can also alert the police if they witness a crime happening in their vicinity. If they see a chain snatching incident, or a sex racket similar to the one that was busted in Koregaon Park on Tuesday or any other crime, they can alert the police through this application.”