Every new harassment incident against women in Delhi makes us realise that the capital city of India still is not a safe space for women more than two years after the horrific rape of a woman on a bus that made headlines around the world. However, numerous actions and programs that have been launched since then show the tide is changing somewhat.
In the aftermath of the attack (which resulted in the woman's death from her injuries), people took to the streets to criticise to the state and central governments for not being able to provide adequate security for women. A suite of new laws have been passed and new programmes have been launched to help curb violence against women in the city, including an app developed by the Delhi Police.
Himmat, launched on 1 January by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, allows women to quickly notify police in situations of distress. The app sends a signal to a police control room and five relatives and friends, in a matter of 30 seconds once the emergency alarm is pressed (which is done by either shaking the phone of pressing the power button). Himmat, as the App is called, means strength in Hindi.
After downloading the App, users must register themselves via the Delhi police website. Once the App is activated by the registration code sent to user via SMS, the app is ready to use. 30-second audio and video recording on the press of the phone’s power button sent by the user and the police control room immediately makes contact to assess the situation and, accordingly, immediate and spontaneous action can be taken. Currently the App is only available to users on Android platform and can be downloaded here.