Government works on creating a strap-on GPS device to help women in distress

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 13:54 hrs

The Centre is working on an SOS watch that will allow women to send out a distress signal along with her location at the push of a button.

"We are looking at technology-based solutions regarding the safety of women. The concept is that you wear something on the wrist, and the moment you say 'Help Me', the video automatically starts and the call goes to pre-determined numbers," Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told The Sunday Express.

The device will be priced at Rs 500.

"There are other features as well but they are at the conceptual stage. It will take about four weeks for the project to be fleshed out, and technology development will take about six months," Sibal added.

Women's security is a big worry for India, especially in the wake of the gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a bus in the national capital. The victim succumbed to her injuries less than two weeks later.

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