By Sougata Ghosh
Crimes against women have become violent in recent years. The recent rape in Mumbai or the one in December has shaken the entire nation to take notice. Fortunately, technology offers some solutions for current troubled times.
The following list of apps are for safety of women:
FIGHTBACK, India’s first Mobile Application for Women Safety. Powered by CanvasM , FightBack, the women’s safety application, sends SOS alerts from your phone. FightBack uses GPS, SMS, location maps, GPRS ,email and your Facebook account to inform your loved ones in case you are in danger. The app is available on iPhone, Android, Black Berry, Windows.
Circle of 6is designed mainly for college students. The app is also useful for high school students or any female who wants an easy-to-use system to alert friends when she’s in a threatening situation. The app is also available in Hindi and the Delhi women’s hotline number is built in.
bSafe is an easy to use safety alarm that you install on your mobile phone. With one push you can let all your friends know that you are in trouble, and they even get access to your live GPS location. The app is available on Apple, Android and BlackBerry phones.
YWCA Safety Alert has been released by Young Women’s Christian Association of Singapore. The YWCA Safety Alert App is designed to enhance the safety of young women at anytime and anywhere.In the Safety Alert page, a simple tap on the alert button or a shake of the phone in an emergency situation activates an alarm which gives off a loud shrilling sound to attract the attention of people within the vicinity.
When the safety alert is activated, a discrete distress email message and a text message will be sent to your pre-set list of emergency contacts. A notification will also be sent to fellow users in your vicinity. Your phone’s GPS will record down your approximate location, and this will be shown as part of the distress email, SMS and notification message. You can also choose to make an emergency call to one selected contact.
The app also has other features like calendar, creating to do list and some women-centric contents to read. It is available on Android.
Scream Alarm! This is a FREE safety alarm that does only one thing: push the button for making the phone scream loudly with a woman’s voice! Perfect for females that need some kind of safety alarm. Feeling insecure while walking down the park? Have the app on, and instantly push the button if you feel threatened! It is available on Android.
Sentinel: Alerting friends and family in an emergency situation has never been this simple. One click from the application and you send SMS, emails and Interactive Voice Response calls to all your emergency contacts making sure that you are safe.
Live tracking from the application puts you on a map that is available only to your emergency contacts with location, travel history, direction of travel and helps the first respondent reach you as fast as possible. This app is available on iPhone and Android.
Additionally, pepper sprays are useful to ward off an attack. These are some of the places they can be bought from: