Unfortunately, violence against women is a common thing in India. In 2014, approximately 337,922 women were hurt in the Asian country. This translates as roughly a crime every two minutes, more than nine hundred crimes in a single day. In order to reach out to the victims, the authorities have decided that starting 2017 all Indian smartphones will have panic buttons incorporated in them so that women could ask for help in times of need.
India is a very crowded country. And there are a lot of poor regions filled with people of all sorts of characters. Unfortunately for the Indian women, it seems like the men in the Asian country are prone to violent behavior and outbursts. According to a recent survey, in 2014 alone more than 337,922 women were abused by strange men.
This means that once every two minutes a woman in India is experiencing violence by the hands of a man. And the authorities are saying that they are doing everything in their power to ensure the safety of these persons, but they cannot possibly monitor every one of the 1.252 billion inhabitants.
That is why they have decided that starting 2017 all Indian smartphones will have panic buttons incorporated in their design. The manufacturers want to keep it as simple as possible, so that the victims will have time to activate the button before the attack, but not that simple so that the function would activate itself in the pocket or purse of the owner.
But not all Indians have or afford to buy smartphones. So they have thought of a solution for feature phones, as well. The officials want to implement a universal system on those too, where the user will only have to press long on the 5 or 9 key in order to call for help.
Furthermore, the authorities are already requiring that all smartphones that will be released starting 2018 be fitted with a GPS system. According to the government, technology is meant to inspire safety in the hearts of the people, and the safety of Indian women is a priority for them.
The biggest crimes against the Indian women were rape, abduction, kidnapping, and physical violence. The authorities hope that the new implementations will help eliminate some threats, but the ugly truth is the average salary in the country is of only 250 or 270 rupees per day, which is a little over $4.
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