We hear about it in the newspapers, news channels, in social circles and other social sites. The news is omnipresent screaming “ Women in India are not safe anymore”. The statement hurts any Indian with pride. As if , to add salt to injury, we see some NRI’s posting messages that they are safe in foreign countries and would rather not raise their children in India. Some go to the extent of calling India as “Rap(e)ublic of India”. Not a happy situation, we know.
Women across various cross sections – educated, uneducated, rich, poor, young ,old even differently abled and mentally challenged are not safe and spared from physical violence. Nirbhaya, Sowmya vishwanath , Pratibha murty, The Bombay girl and there are many more unreported cases of women and little girls. If on one side, these women are unsafe in public, Girls like Aarushi Talwar are not safe in their own home. Then there are thousands of women suffering domestic abuse in the confines of their homes in the hands of their own parents, in-laws, children, husband and other. Some are burnt for dowry, some are burnt for not obeying. Some are mere puppets, slaves and walking corpse.
Many of you like me feel helpless while reading such stories. Many vent their anger on social sites, blogs etc by stating security is not provided by the government, law and order are not maintained, men have to be taught to respect women, women should behave well, songs and movies have to be banned and some such gyaan. Our status, posts and messages garner a few comments and likes. Nothing much changes after that except that candle makers make business courtesy candle light vigils and lawyers out of the courtcases.
We should know it is not possible for the government to provide security to every citizen of India 24/7 in every nook and corner of the country. Law in our country has its own limitations and takes its own course. The change has to come from within each and everyone of us. And that too we know it cannot happen overnight and nobody likes lectures and unsolicited advice, even it is for one’s own good. It will take time for people to realize and change. Till such time, we will keep hearing such stories or maybe many like me will stop reading the main broadsheet of newspaper and skip the news channels. This is escape from reality. ( I read the supplements though)
So, What do the women do in unsafe and troublesome circumstances?
Some I know carry safety pins in public transport to poke when the men misbehave. Some carry pepper spray. Recently, Just after the Nirbhaya incident a similar incident happened in Hyderabad. A girl came out of her office in Hi-tec city and took an auto to her working women’s hostel at 7 in the evening. There were two men in the driver seat, the driver and his friend. While the auto was on its way, the other man beside the driver shifted to the back seat and tried to play dirty with the girl. The girl luckily had Pepper spray . She sprayed it on him and jumped out of the running auto. The police on investigation found that the driver and his friend were drunk. Luckily passers by helped the girl. This incident was soon after the Nirbhaya incident. Fortunately,here the girl had pepper spray and escaped. What if she did not have and the place had no passerby ?
Under such circumstances when one is attacked by unforeseen troubles and adverse situations like in the above case, “‘I wish She had Smart Suraksha with her’
The Smart Suraksha App is an Android Application that aims at making the women feel safe. This App, at the press of a single button, sends your message of help to five pre-chosen contacts from your contact list. An additional feature of this app is that along with your message for help, it also sends across your location even if the GPS on your cellphone is switched off. Thus, the women can be reassured that there is help available at all times.
Most of the Indian Public has a mobile phone, so get armed with this app. I am glad I came across this app through blogadda and as a fellow citizen, If I am able to create awareness and publicise this app, there perhaps can be lesser incidents like this.
And why only women, even men and little boys are not safe. If only, Nirbhayas companion had this app, he could have saved her.
We have to be our own policeman and security guard for we know not when troubles happen. They come unannounced. Take care of your safety as well as your loved ones.
Download this app here from google store.
I am participating in Blogadda's Seekin Smart Suraksha