Raksha Bands for women in distress

Raksha Bands for women in distress

The BBMP will introduce Raksha Bands, wristbands that will act as a security device for women in distress  in the city.

The 'motion-sensitive'  wristbands will detect any attack on  women and send out a message  or alarm to the police control room.

The application used in the band raises the alarm whenever a woman in distress moves her arm to defend herself.

The alarm will also alert  the emergency  contact numbers of the victims
already registered through the app.  

The BBMP will invest nearly Rs 10 crore on this project that has been  named Suraksha Mitra. It is part of  a  proposal the BBMP has submitted to the Centre to allocate Rs 100 crore from the Nirbhaya
Fund. CCTV cameras and streetlighting are also part of the project.

Mayor R Sampath Raj  told  DH:  "Women's  safety is our first priority. We will not only introduce safety wristbands but will also use the Nirbhaya Fund to instal streetlights and CCTV cameras in the identified black spots."

A number of safety bands and mobile apps are already available  in the market. For  instance, the city police have the 'Suraksha' mobile app which sends SOS alerts to the Namma  100 emergency helpline that will direct the nearest pink Hoysala patrol team  through the GPS technology to track and help the distressed women.

But women activists say the authorities should enforce  the law and order in the city, instead of relying on  technology-based  bands.  "Security bands or apps are not useful  all the time.

The authorities should have zero tolerance for crimes related to women," said  Tara Krishnaswamy,  of  Citizens for Bengaluru (CFB).

"They must  make sure criminals are punished so that these crimes  do not recur."

In her opinion, the government could spend this money  on hiring  more
policewomen and providing  basic safety amenities such as streetlights and CCTV cameras.  

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