Now, a panic button in mobile phones to help women in distress - For women in distress, police help will soon be available at the press of a button on their mobile phone as Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has got mobile phone manufacturers on board for providing panic button in handsets to send emergency alerts.
The plan will help address the issues of women's security as both existing and new mobile phones will be able to install the enhanced feature.
While the new mobile phones will come equipped with in-built buttons, customers will be able to upgrade their phones at dedicated centres, Gandhi said.
Moreover, other measures being taken by the ministry include launching of a national women helpline number that will be common throughout the country to provide help to women in distress.
The helpline operations will be merged with one-stop centres that provide medical, police, legal and counselling assistance to women.
The govt. has prepared a scheme of special police volunteers in every village to involve young educated girls in community policing. These girls will be trained to function as a bridge between police and community women, and will assist in ensuring protection of women against violence of all kinds.