What a wonderful world it would be if women could step out and not be worried.
What a wonderful world it would be if women could step out when they wanted, travel any way they liked, wear any kind of clothing, be armed with a companion or alone — and not be worried.
Even though the basics have been repeated to death and the fight for women's safety goes on, we’ve realised that it’s best to take matters in one’s own hands and be as prepared and alert as possible. In line with that thought, we thought we’d take you through this list of applications that can be downloaded on your smartphones, and assist you in case you get caught in an uneasy situation.
1. Life 360/Family Locator
If you’re tired of constant texts and calls enquiring where you are and when you will return, this is the app to download. Life 360 lets you create a personal circle, in which each member appears on a Marauder’s Map of sorts (Harry Potter fans in the house will know what we mean) that constantly tracks your movement. The app also offers a chatting platform for a group or a one-on-one chat. In case of an emergency, you can instantly text to raise an alarm, and your location will already be with everyone on the group.
Friendly advice: In case you often sneak out to make plans under honest sounding excuses, this app is not for you. Read on for other options.
2. Nirbhaya: Be Fearless
Developed by the Uttar Pradesh police as a part of the Safe City Initiative, the app allows its user to send a distress signal with a single click or by shaking your phone, to listed emergency contacts (make sure you have an active data plan). Once you have sent out the SOS, the app will send updates to your contacts every two minutes with an updated location of where you are.
The app also lets you stamp spots in the city as ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’, automatically alerting the next user at/around that spot about any potential danger.
3. I Feel Safe
Mobile Standards Alliance of India collaborated with Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust to launch ‘I Feel Safe’, a women safety app. The app places an icon, which they like to call ‘Safety ka Power Button’, on your screen. In case of an emergency, all you need to do is press that button five times and SOS messages will be rolled out to selected contacts every 30 seconds.
Just make sure you have an active data plan and keep your GPS enabled.
4. ICE: Personal Safety App
This is a more inclusive app in terms of functionality. Not only does it send your real time location to your ICE (In Case of Emergency, for those having a slow day today) contacts, it will also show you the nearest hospital and police stations. The app also has additional health tips and techniques for self-defence — that’s everything you need, all in one click.
5. Chilla – Anti Rape Women App
This app is just too good to be true. Why? Okay, start counting.
The app gets activated to send SOS messages on hearing a scream, something that will mostly be an obvious reaction in case there is an emergency. Alternatively, the app can be triggered using the power button too — just press it five times. What’s better? The power button works even if the phone is out of battery and switched off. Not only will the phone send out an emergency message when activated, the app also places a call automatically, along with an email with voice recording.