Coming Soon: Safety Apps That Will Help Women Reach Rescue Centres
Women’s safety apps have not shown much success in the Indian market. But some new apps are being devised that might come in handy for women in distress.
In order to make women feel safer, the Telangana government is coming up with an app called Hawk Eye that aims to point women towards rescue centres in the state. ‘Life of Girl’ (LOG) is another such innovative app that caters to women’s safety.
Currently in a beta form, LOG will launch early next year. This app comprises features like Instant Security and Safe Havens. It focuses on providing real-time help to women in danger by enrolling volunteers. It allows people to download it for free and become a volunteer to help women facing danger in their desired areas. A woman using this app, facing any kind of harassment, can call for volunteers just by accessing it.
“We can make India the safest place for women with everyone’s participation. Through LOG, we have created a family with the help of technology to empower girls. We have 7,000 volunteers till now. We are aiming at enrolling 3,000 more,” said Vignan Joseph K, CEO of Life of Girl app, in a session held at University College for Women in Koti, Hyderabad.
“We are marking spaces in the city where a woman in trouble can run and seek refuge for sometime. The place might be an office, a college or some other place”
“We are marking spaces in the city where a woman in trouble can run and seek refuge for sometime. The place might be an office, a college or some other place. That space must have three woman employees, have a functioning phone and must be near a police station. If a woman finds herself in danger, she can find the nearest Safe Haven through the app and reach that place,” he said, explaining the term safe haven.
Vignan added, “We designed the app with the idea that a woman must find help when she needs it. Often in stories with happy endings, we see that somebody comes and rescues the woman, but that does not happen in real life always.”