In a recent announcement by Indian Government, mobile manufacturers are to produce handsets with a panic button from January 1, 2017. This decision was taken to ensure the safety of women in India.
The news about this new implementation first came on Zee News on April 12, 2016.
Maneka Gandhi, Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, told that these new phones will have a panic button which will be connected via GPS. The Minister also added that talks are being gone on with the representatives of mobile phone companies, and the project will be most likely executed within a few months.
This will allow a person to long press a set of buttons which will send out an alert to the user’s family or friends, besides information on the location. The move comes after hectic negotiations by the ministries of women and child development and IT and telecommunications. “This is one of the key projects that will be funded through the Nirbhaya fund set up by the UPA government,” a source said.
In an answer for an existing phones, official responded “We are working towards a software that can be downloaded which will have the same function as the panic button. For ordinary handsets, we are talking to manufacturers so that the user can go to a service centre and get the application for free.”
On April 26, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said that “no cell phones in India will be sold without a dedicated panic button on them.” The new rule will come into effect from Jan 1, 2017.
He also said that cellphones should have in-built GPS, setting Jan 1, 2018 as the deadline for the implementation.Feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘Numeric key – 5’ or ‘Numeric key – 9’ to invoke emergency call,” an official notification said.