A mobile phone-based application, called Himmat, for the safety of women in New Delhi has been launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
It is an initiative by the Delhi police for women’s safety and is meant basically for the employed women who travel alone sometimes late at night.
This app allow women to send a distress call to the Police Control R oom and their relatives in case of an emergency. The Himmat app can be downloaded free of cost from the Delhi police website www.delhipolice.nic.in and also from the Google Play Store. When the app is downloaded, a new user has to register with the Delhi police website by sharing the user’s name, mobile number and that of a minimum of two relatives/friends.
Once registered, the user will get an SMS on the mobile number given at the time of registration with a download link and registration key. The user has to enter this key in the registration window in the application. This is a one-time process. In case of an emergency, the user can send an alert by shaking her phone or by pressing the power button/soft button. As soon as the distress button is pressed, it will trigger a 30-second audio and video recording on the phone, which will be relayed to the Police Control Room (PCR), and the victim will get a call back from the PCR.
An SMS alert will also be sent to a minimum of five friends and relatives of the user and a status will be posted on his Facebook and Twitter timeline, which will be connected to the app. All the details of the victim, including her location, time will be there in the SMS, which will also be transmitted simultaneously by the PCR to the police patrol cars in the area and the local Station House Officer (SHO) through the Delhi Police Cyber Highway.