Women safety is one of the most controversial topics in India. Eve teasing, molestation, kidnapping & rapes are something that we read in newspapers on a regular basis. These heinous crimes are now carried out in broad daylight, which has dampened the morale of women to step out. Despite such conditions these girls have to go to school, college, tuitions or make it to their workplace to earn their living and stand independent. Women safety has become the utmost priority everywhere due to the increasing number of cases. A few people realized the need for a safety app in order to keep women safe. There are various safety apps available on the play store designed for safety and security of women.  The basics of most apps are similar – a user designated emergency contacts to alert, and transmission of GPS determined location.
  1. VithU App:
No one has the time to dial an emergency number when they are in danger. The VithU app skips the action to dial a number. All you have to do is to press the power key twice & it instantly sends an SOS alert to your chosen emergency contacts.  The message says "I am in danger. I need help. Please follow my location." Alert messages are sent at a frequency of 2 minutes to your emergency contacts.
  1. Shake2 Safety:
The shake2safety app is the easiest to use .The user just needs to shake their Smartphone or press the the power key 4 times, to send an SOS text or call to the registered numbers. The best feature is, it works on a locked screen & even without an internet connection! Moreover the users have an option of activating, de-activating the shake feature to send an alert.
  1. Smart 24x7:
This security app is supported by police of various states, in order to ensure safety of women and senior citizens. This app lets you place a call to the police; alert calls can be initiated simultaneously. If the GPRS doesn’t function, the location is sent by SMS. This app clicks photos and audio as well as video of the situation & transfers these to the police. It also has call centre support which will track down the primary movements of the user. Users just need to press the panic button & select the button & finally click on submit!!
  1. bSafe:
The bSafe app ensures the safety and security of women. It allows contacts to follow you through a live GPS trail & also sets a timed alarm which goes off if you haven’t ‘checked in’. Moreover, it will also have your phone ring with a fake phone call and notifies the emergency contacts with your location, video and siren. Along with this, there is also a Guardian Alert button, which will immediately tell your friends or family members with the GPS location and video at the time of distress.
  1. Himmat
The Himmat app is a free safety app recommended for women by the Delhi Police. In order to use the app, the user has to register at the Delhi Police website. Once the registration is complete the user will receive an OTP, which has to be entered at the time of completing the app configuration. In a problematic situation if the user raises the SOS alert from the app, the location information and audio video will be directly transmitted to the Delhi Police control room following which the police will reach the location. Unfortunately, if you find yourself in such a situation, we hope one of these apps come in handy. Apart from these apps, it’s best to have other instant safety measures such as pepper spray or stun guns handy. When travelling alone, its best to raise your guards, stay alert and make use of technology that entertains you and lies comfortable in your pursue. Your mobile phone is your weapon!!!