Apps that can provide safety and security of girls and women

captureToday, on the eve of the 68th Republic Day wherein Skill India and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ are among the themes for the tableaux this year, there is a need to focus on the safety and security issue of girls and how important it is to provide a safe environment for them.

As you may have heard about the New Year eve incident in Bangalore that almost shook the entire country, it raised many questions like why women are not able to celebrate freely? Why they always have to worry about their safety? Many campaigns that took off on social media and in the real world recently was an important reminder of how women are, still in this day and age, being subjected to violence, domestic abuse and rape. The countless rape and violence cases reported in recent years by the media and the reactions of politicians, police authorities, victims, offenders, as well as the people who read these stories speak volumes about where we stand in the issue of personal safety for women. At times, the person seems to be on their own when it comes to fighting against rape.

Thankfully though, there are a lot of personal safety apps with personal safety for women in mind, made for Android. Most of these apps are free; a few have paid premium features that may help save a life. In any case, having these apps on a phone may be more important and helpful than having any other game of the week. In future, mobile companies should start to make a built-in app in mobiles keeping safety in mind.

I was doing my research on apps that are customized to provide safety details of any area and I read about SafetiPin which can be used by any android user. SafetiPin is your personal safety companion to take safer decisions, based on the safety score of the area. Get alerts when you are in an unsafe location. As long as the app is running in the background, it checks if you have entered an unsafe location. You will receive an alert and can choose to invite friends or family to track you. Find the safest route. You can view alternate routes from one place to another and select the safest route. It will then transfer control to Google maps so you can reach your destination safely.

SafetiPin apps collects primary data about public spaces at night, on a number of parameters such as:-

  • Lighting
    • Visibility (Are there ‘eyes on the street’. Can others see you?)
    • Diversity (Presence of women and children around)
    • Crowd (How densely crowded the area is?)
    • Public Transport (How close it is?)
    • Walking Path (Is there a proper place to walk?)
    • Security (Are police or private security nearby?)
    • Openness (Can you see all around?)
    • Feeling (How safe do you feel?)

SafetiPin apps uses your GPS locator to give you safety information about your location. And uses GPS tracking to connect you with family and friends when you feel unsafe. It can also serve as a family locator.

As many are reporting today on the incidents that are happening but a few are doing reportage on providing sustainable solutions to the problem. With the reporting of incidents bringing light to the safety issues of girls, endeavours should also be made to come up with solutions that can be implemented for ensuring safe environment for girls.

This apps will surely be for your safety and it only takes a second to download from Google Play!

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