A young scientist develops a panic button to help women in distress
A panic button has been devised by an electronics and communication engineer in Varanasi. This innovative gadget is set to play an important role in tackling domestic violence. On being pressed, it would alert the police or people nearby about violence.
Developed by young scientist Anjali Srivastava, the device uses GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. Anjali, who has made several such tools, told IANS one to five emergency panic buttons could be added to it. "It operates in a 100-metre range and is too tiny to be noticed. Its battery last nearly 8 months. Women can keep the button that costs Rs 2,500 anywhere in the house as per their convenience," she said.
It also has an audio-recording option, which could later serve as evidence. It could be used by housewives and girls living in paying guest (PG) accommodations. "This type of innovative devices helps prevent crime against women," said Gorakhpur scientific officer Mahadev Pandey.
"Anjali has made many such devices in the past, including anti-rape jeans and shocking gloves. This device is very important for the safety of women. It will prove to be very effective, especially in the coronavirus time," said Shyam Cherasia, research and development in-charge of Ashoka Institute of Technology and Management.
GPS, a radio navigation system, allows land, sea, and airborne users to determine their exact location, velocity, and time 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions, anywhere in the world.
*Edited from an IANS report