The Government of India has launched an integrated women safety mobile app called Himmat. It is a mobile application of Delhi Police that will allow women to send a distress call to Police Control Room and their relatives in case of any emergency. It is an android based mobile app, which aims to cater employed women who have smartphones and travel alone late in the night. The app was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The app is available in Google Play Store and can be downloaded free of cost from the Delhi Police website – www.delhipolice.nic.in.
- In case of emergency, 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). The victim will get a call back from the PCR.
- After distress button is pressed, SMS alert consisting of all the details of the victim, including her location, time will be forwarded to the PCR. Then from PCR, SMS alert it will be forwarded to the police patrol cars in the area and the local station house officer (SHO) through the Delhi Police cyber highway.
- In case of emergency, SMS alert will also be sent to minimum of 5 friends and relatives of the user. It will also post a status on the victim’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Home Minister also asked Delhi Police to make the app available on iOS platform so that iPhone users can also use it.