NEW DELHI: Addressing to a question raised by the opposition in Loksabha on Friday, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said that the Central government is keen to roll out a new feature in the mobile phones called ‘the panic button’, to assist women in distress.
Elaborating the measure taken by the Union government on women safety, Maneka Gandhi said “Every phone will hereafter have a panic button to address women’s safety issues. We believe that it will be successful in protecting Women. The panic button will be associated to a contact and she will immediately get help in case of emergency”.
“The button will be activated if it is pressed for a couple of seconds. The telecom ministry is jointly working on the proposal with the women welfare board and the plan will be implemented within six months”, she added.
Maneka also added that existing mobile users can also get the panic button fixed by visiting their mobile dealer or the company’s service center. The Union minister expressed confidence that the new initiative will encourage women to do much better in a couple of years.
Apart from providing the panic button feature, the government said that it intends to take steps on having special police volunteers in villages and installing toll-free helplines in states.
“According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2015 of the World Economic Forum, India was ranked 108 out of 145 countries. This shows an improvement compared to the previous year, when the survey ranked us at 114″, the Union Minister said defending her government at the center.