The Government of India has finally hailed the initiative for women’s safety by making it mandatory for every smart mobile phone to have a panic button and a Global Positioning System inbuilt. Only smartphones having these two in-built features would be permitted for selling in the country from January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018, respectively.

What is the driving force that let the Indian Government to such take such initiative?

The driving force that led the country ministry to have such security measures is the safety and protection of women against any cases of emergencies. Few metropolitan cities of the country are seriously facing the problems over women security like women harassment, molestation, rape, assaults, etc. This has led the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to sign the above cited order. He conveyed his aim to such initiative saying that, “Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women. From January 1, 2017, no mobile phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018 mobile sets should have also GPS inbuilt.”

In addition, he also explained that the smartphones without the facility of emergency call button by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession. Further for the feature phones a notification was added “Feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘Numeric key 5’ or ‘Numeric key 9’ to invoke emergency call.” However, the ministry has not yet discussed about agency where that would be addressing to this panic call button.

Earlier in March 2016, the country government had anticipated for the number ‘112’ for the people to dial the police, ambulance or the fire department in case of emergency.

India is the first country in the world to address the women’s safety by making it mandatory and by making the optimum use of the features available in mobile phone. But there are certain debatable questions that still need to be addressed such as:

  • Would the smartphone feature be enough to really keep women safe?
  • Should the other countries of the world implement the same rule for women’s safety?

There are various countries where women are unreservedly not safe. To name a few we have United States, Netherlands, South Australia, Pakistan and many others in the list. Such countries where the technology is at its best, the government can easily propose some serious provisions for women’s safety.

Today the world is undergoing the Digital era, where large no. of people are actively engaged on smartphones for online shopping. And, to provide them with the best experience, the mobile applications are being optimized and tugged in with best features. The other usage where the smartphones are overly used is in the disruptive on-demand economy. The on-demand technology is where the people hire the pros to get their errands outsourced. With just a click of a button customers can get the services at their doorstep like that of taxi service, laundry, grocery delivery, pizza delivery, handyman and much more.

Will the government succeed in their initiative to women’s security with mobile phone?

The success of this initiative to women’s security largely depends upon how well government addresses to it after implementing the actions. When smartphones and mobile phone are utilized as a medium to deliver best customer services, the government can really make the finest use of the same smartphones and mobile phone for safeguarding of women. Besides, the government will require to head with a great force to address to the immediate service as a response to the panic call button by any women in need of help. However, if they succeeded to address women’s security, it would set great example for every other countries of the world to implement same actions to safeguard woman.

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