Apr 11, 2017

Women's safety app linked to PCR launched in Bengaluru

BYPankaj Mishra

Karnataka chief minster Siddaramaiah on Monday unveiled mobile app Suraksha for the safety of women in the city.
Launched by the Bengaluru Police, the integrated personal app is aimed at ensuing safety and security of women by enabling them to reach out to the authorities or people they want to inform during an emergency.
“I am happy to launch this app finally, as I have been telling police to give importance to women’s safety,” Siddaramaiah told reporters.
“The app, which can be downloaded free on smartphones, will help women in distress to alert police for help, as it is linked to the police control room and patrolling vehicles in the city,” said a police official.
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The app has an option to register two more numbers of persons the user wants to inform during an emergency.
The chief minister and home minister G Parameshwara also flagged off 51 patrol vehicles of the city police from the state secretariat.
To be manned by three policewomen, the vehicles will be stationed near schools, women’s colleges, places of worship, shopping malls, theatres and sensitive areas across the city.
The vehicles are equipped with GPS devices and cameras for the staff at the police control room to monitor the video feed.
“We have identified the sensitive locations in the city for parking the patrol vehicles for the safety and security of the people, especially women and children,” said city police commissioner Praveen Sood at the event.

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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.