India: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs to establish an Integrated Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) platform. This is an emergency response system for women and other vulnerable groups who may face violence. The GIS based call-taking and Geographical Positioning System (GPS)-based police vehicle dispatch system will be able to respond to distress calls and ensure speedy assistance to women.
Distress or emergency alarms generated by panic buttons, landlines and mobiles through individual devices pioneered by the Department of Information Technology (DIT) or mobile phone applications would be tracked and Emergency Response (ER) units will be dispatched to attend the call. It will be integrated with the existing Dial 100 system for seamless operation and coordination between the two systems. The project would obtain funding from the Nirbhaya Fund and involves a total expenditure of Rs. 321.69crore. The initiative will provide 24 hours and 24X7 helpline service to women in distress and an efficient and effective response system to attend to their calls as well as for alarms related to other emergency services such as medical and disaster (fire etc.) by other responders in an integrated manner. It will also help in providing speedy assistance for helpless women/children of a defined area, who face any form of violence, such as eve teasing, dowry demands, sexual assault, molestation or any other abuse either in public or at home.
Source: The Hindu