Women safety is one of the most controversial issues in our country. Rapes, molestation, eve-teasing or kidnapping – these heinous crimes are now carried out in broad daylight, which has dampened the morale of women. The situation has become so deplorable that India ranks amongst the top ten countries in the world that are considered unsafe or dangerous for women.
Hence when traveling alone, it’s best to raise your guards, stay alert, and make use of the technology for your safety – your mobile phone. Yes, there are a few apps that can be of help if you land in an uncomfortable situation. There are various safety apps present on the play store designed for the protection and security of women. Here goes the list:
This is a travel safety app that can help women feel safer when they are travelling alone. It is very easy to use, just like the google maps. All you need to do is put in your destination, and it gives you the option of sharing your ride with any of your contacts so that they can track your position. Also, this app has a distinctive feature that detects route deviation. This is caught by their system, and they inform your contacts and also contact the authorities and alert them of the situation.
2. SOS – Stay Safe:
This app sends a message to the user’s contacts with just a few shakes. No need to type in the phone unlock code, just keep this app activated and shaking it a couple of times (customimetres will trigger alert along with your geographical location to the emergency contact. If shaking is confusing, it also features home button tapping, which will also send a message, location, even battery status of your phone along with an audio recording.
A channel V Gumrah Initiative, VithU is a real-time interactive safety application for women. All you need to do is press the power button on your phone twice, and the alert message will be sent to pre-set contacts along with your location. This App continues to send the location to contacts every two minutes.
4. Eyewatch Women:
This app not only sends an alert message but also instantly captures the audio-video of the surroundings to the preset contacts. It has been appraised for high location accuracy, functioning without GPRS and Safety confirmation feature. By pressing I am Safe button, you simply let your kin’s know that you have reached safely.
A wholesome package featuring GPS tracking, emergency contact numbers, directions to safe locations, etc., available in both Hindi and English languages. You can even browse the Directory option for public emergency service. Browse map with pins signifying the particular area to be safe or not. In the case of emergency, it sends out messages to the users pre-defined friends and family.
A security app which is linked to the police, this app is supported by the various states’ police just to ensure the safety of women and senior citizens. The Panic button allows you to place a call to the police. Alert calls can also be initiated to the pre-designated emergency contact. If GPRS is not functional, the location is sent via SMS. The App clicks photos and records audio-video of the situation. It has plenty of other features such as tracking, customer care, and chat.
The Himmat app is a safety app recommend for women by the Delhi Police. In order to use the app, the user has to register at the Delhi Police website. Once the registration is complete, the user will receive an OTP, which has to be entered at the time of completing the app configuration. In a problematic situation, if the user raises the SOS alert from the app, the location information, and the audio video will be directly transmitted to the Delhi Police control room following which the police will reach the location.
Apart from these apps, it’s best to have other instant safety measures such as pepper spray or stun guns handy. The key is to stay vigilant, avoid travelling alone especially during dark and keep others updated about your location. No one’s got time to unlock the phone, punch in the number and speak to one’s kin in uncanny situations. The phone is probably snatched away, or you may not know your location to explain. Unfortunately, if you do come across such a situation, use the above apps, and we hope your savior finds you in time.