We have 893 girls born for every 1,000 boys. We have crimes against women building up at the rate of 129% every year and a conviction rate less than half of it. Bharat Mata ki Jai.
I’d like to relate an incident that occurred during the days I was working in an IT company in
. After a weekend at home, I used to
return early Monday mornings by bus. These buses from Kerala usually reached at
dawn, around 5:30 or 6:00. Depending on the season, there might or might not be
daylight then. Bangalore
One bright Monday morning, I got off at Madiwala and was looking for an auto to take me to my hostel. An auto guy came along and made the usual demands for a 1 and ½ fare. I agreed and got in. Soon, the driver turned chatty. He asked me if I knew Kannada. I said no. He went on anyway, talking endlessly and asking questions. I began to tense up, with every cell of my body telling me that this guy was definitely not normal. I began looking out of the auto, but there weren’t that many people about. I considered jumping out, but it seemed risky. I was literally at my wits end.
Eventually, the driver reached my hostel, though he parked a little away. I jumped out, sweating, and handed him the fare. But instead of receiving it, he got ready to come out and take off his clothes!! He was saying something, but all I remember was dropping the money on the road and running with my bags towards my hostel. I think I could hear him shouting, ‘Madam, madam’ from behind. I couldn’t sleep for nearly a week after that. To this day, I haven’t told my parents about this. When I think about it now, I wish I had Smart Suraksha with me.
Smart Suraksha is an android app that can help you in such situations. Press a button to trigger an alarm that will alert 5 of your pre-chosen contacts, and also capture your location, regardless of whether you’ve enabled GPS or not.
Can this app stop an attacker from attacking you? No, but it can help you escape, and get others to help you. Your contacts will know you’re in danger and can immediately take action, if one is not available, you have four more. You can save valuable evidence, like your location, information about a car number or a person’s clothes, a nickname etc. Any information will be of use to track down a criminal – it doesn’t matter even if you got away, he can be arrested just for trying to attack you.
Here are a few scenarios where you can use this app:
1. Like the one above. You’re in a vehicle and like me, don’t want to risk enraging the driver by screaming, especially if you’re not sure there is anyone to hear those screams.
2. You’re waiting at a bus stop or similar place and you sense imminent danger or are all alone.
3. You’re working late and there’s hardly anyone left in office.
4. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and it’s late. It’s even risky accepting help at this stage.
I believe that women have a certain intuitive power that signals us when danger is near. Considering we live in such a technological age, why don’t we combine both these strengths and ensure our safety? Get the Smart Suraksha app installed in your phone right away and empower yourselves. Bharat Ma ki betiyon ki Jai.
The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ~Roseanne Barr