In a bid to protect women from distress, the government of India has proposed that, starting from 2017, all mobile phones sold in the country must have a panic button. In addition to that, from January 2018, all mobile phones sold must have GPS feature to identify its user’s location.
The government recently incorporated “112” as an emergency contact that also covers police services, ambulances, and the fire department. There would also be a workaround for devices that don’t have the panic button in place.
Smartphones without the facility of emergency call button by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession.
The feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘numeric key – 5’ or ‘numeric key – 9’ to invoke emergency call.
From Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad:
I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button, and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should also have Global Positioning System inbuilt.
Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women