Ahmedabad cops’ android app for women in trouble

AHMEDABAD - With atrocities on women on the increase, the city police have launched a mobile phone application which will be a boon for women in trouble at odd hours.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Mon 29 Apr 2013, 9:49 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:09 PM

The police have also just started a scheme focusing on counselling for rape victims and women suffering from domestic violence. Sending SOS will now become easier with the introduction of the novel application, ‘Help In Emergency (HIE)’, which will facilitate quick contact with friends during emergency.

Designed for Android devices after the recent Delhi gang-rape, HIE will enable users to discreetly ask for help at the push of a button in case of an emergency situation. According to the police, the app, which will also be available on Apple and other platforms soon, will also help parents to keep track of their children’s location.

Ahmedabad Crime Branch sub-inspector Taral Bhatt told Khaleej Times that people could use HIE by pressing a key on the mobile phone to send out an SOS text with their location to a group of contacts selected by them, adding that it could also be used as a locator app. Once the app is downloaded, an icon shows up on the phone’s home-screen. The message on the recipient’s cellphone helps the police in tracing the place of the incident and thus cut down their time of reaching the trouble-spot.

The Ahmedabad police department has allotted Rs1 billion for a scheme to help women and others by setting up public safety centres that will offer all services related with the police department.

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