Rajnath Launches 'Himmat' Mobile App for Women's Safety
By Express News Service | Published: 02nd January 2015 06:00 AM |
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday launched an emergency mobile application -- Himmat-- created by the city police for women’s safety.
The application allows women to send a distress call to the Police Control Room(PCR)and their relatives in case of any emergency. It also provides for an immediate call back from the PCR after the distress call.
Express had on December 14 reported on the Delhi Police plan to launch the mobile application.
While launching the application, Rajnath said, “The force has been training women of all ages in self-defence techniques and so far over 15,000 women have been imparted training. He added that self-defence training inculcates a sense of self-confidence in women.”
According to him, the people in India have been traditionally more sensitive to women’s safety issues as women have been worshipped and respected throughout the ages.
“The representation of women in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will rise significantly in the next few years. The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has decided to increase the women’s representation in the forces, which will go up from a lowly 1.5 per cent to five per cent in the next two-three years,” he had said.
Also, the minister said the MHA has also sent an advisory to the states to provide 33 per cent representation to women in the state police forces.
Besides, Rajnath unveiled an advertisement of the Delhi Police on the launch of Helpline No.1064 and What’s App number where complaints against harassment can be registered via photos and videos.
He said, “Delhi being the national capital, the Delhi Police has added responsibility to turn itself into a model police force and set an example in model policing.”
The police, however, cautioned people to be judicious while pressing the alarm button. Generating false SOS alerts three times, intentionally or otherwise, will lead to the cancellation of registration of that particular number, said police. However, re-registration of a mobile number after cancellation is possible by giving a call to 011-23490378.
“Police will swing into action as soon as an alert is received from a user. Since every alert will be taken seriously, we would like the users to be careful while using it. They should preferably use it only when there is a threat to their life or safety,” a police officer said.
As of now, the application is available for download only for Android phones.
Police said they had decided to launch it on Android devices based on a survey which revealed that most women use Android-based phones. The facility would be extended to other operating systems in due course, said police.
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.