Dehradun: With incidents of crimes towards ladies making headlines, increasingly ladies are searching for choices that may come useful in case they encounter any bother. Whereas devices are wanted, cellular functions are straightforward and standard. Nonetheless, those that are utilizing them say there are points with many of those.
For instance, Hawk Eye — the Telangana Police division’s ladies security app — which has over 5 lakh downloads, has managed to get solely an “common” ranking from its customers. Whereas some ladies customers appreciated the app and confirmed that they obtained a follow-up name from the Cyberabad police station, others complained of the issues they confronted. “Each time we have to go online this app if we’re in an emergency scenario, this app will ask for a login… that is time consuming,” one consumer stated.
Likewise, customers of Delhi Police division’s Himmat app, which has over 50,000 downloads, had a singular downside — it was not suitable with cellphone quantity sequence beginning with six. “My contact quantity begins with a six, and it isn’t getting registered. It retains telling me to make use of legitimate numbers,” stated a Delhi-based faculty scholar. Customers of B Protected stated that they have been “appalled by the truth that the corporate was charging for life-saving emergency messages.”
Apoorva Bhatnagar, a former financial institution worker in Mumbai, stated, “The most important downside with utilizing safety functions is that one doesn’t know in regards to the authenticity of the applying. In the present day, each smartphone consumer is going through the problem of dropping knowledge and at occasions, we’re unaware if any malware is lively on our telephones. Sharing a stay location with one software will be harmful at occasions. I now use WhatsApp to share my location with my household.”
Surya Krishnamurthy, a medical scholar in Bengaluru, stated, “I usually return late at night time from work or after assembly mates and, therefore, downloaded a safety software which claimed to alert my household throughout any emergency. However I couldn’t even register myself on the applying because the system didn’t settle for my cellular phone quantity. After making an attempt a number of occasions, I lastly uninstalled it.”
Head of Individuals Towards Rape in India, a social organisation, Yogita Bhayana, stated, “Know-how can solely be of assist as soon as the infrastructure of the whole system is prepared. The most important change will be introduced by altering the mindset of the individuals. Know-how is beneficial at occasions however any good wearable with a panic button or cellphone functions can solely be helpful if the responders can attain inside no time, as soon as alerted.”
Cyber safety knowledgeable Rakshit Tandon stated that he would nonetheless bat for phone-based apps. “With over 70 crore web customers within the nation, expertise absolutely has potential and presents hope, and it’s always evolving. Girls safety-app makers are engaged on options like sending misery alerts by shaking the cellphone rigorously. However on the similar time, app makers should not cease on the manufacturing stage. They have to work on suggestions mechanisms and common monitoring for bringing in enchancment,” he stated.
Girls activists say that apps and devices ought to solely be within the “stop-gap resolution” class. “The basis of the issue must be addressed. It’s a mindset barrier and except points like gender-sensitive schooling and upbringing are taken significantly, the issue won’t ever discover a remaining resolution. Until then, I like to recommend that folks ought to ship their daughters for self-defence coaching and train the boys to deal with the alternative intercourse with respect,” stated Neelam Singh, an activist from Lucknow.