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Phone app to ensure safety of women in India

New Delhi, India: Whypoll, a nonprofit organisation, will launch a phone app “Fight Back” in November 2011, in New Delhi, India. The app will function as an SOS alert device — sending out a text message with a GPS location to up to five people, including police, and as a post on Facebook and Twitter.

“Safety for women has become such a huge issue here and we felt that citizens of Delhi, where possibly the problem exists the most, could use this type of technological intervention,” said Hindol Sengupta, co-founder of Whypoll. He added, “Women are harassed and molested everywhere on buses, at metro stations and in markets. we believe this is Asia’s first phone application aimed at making women safer.”

The “Fight Back” app will initially be available to download from the Whypoll website (https://www.whypoll.org) for a nominal fee and will be supported by a range of mobile devices such as Nokia and BlackBerry. SOS alerts will cost the same as an SMS.

Sengupta said the app, which is part of the Whypoll’s “Safe in the City” campaign, will also map the SOS alerts to build an accurate database of where and what gender-related crimes occur.

“We have created a platform where women can remain anonymous yet the incident will still be recorded and reflected on a map on our website — which will help us push for action in places where there appears to be increased risks to women,” he said.

Source: CSMonitor.com