All New Mobile Phones To Have A ‘Panic Button’ From January 1 Onwards

In a notification issued by the Department of Telecommunications, it has been made mandatory that from January 1, 2017, onwards all mobile handset must have a ‘Panic Button’ and by January 1, 2018, in-built Global Positioning System (GPS).


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The notification was issued on April 22, 2016 in which it was stated that  from now on all mobile phones sold in India will come with a dedicated ‘panic button.’


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The purpose of this ‘Panic Button’ would be to send out a signal in case of distress and for ensuring safety of women.

Talking about this notification Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said:


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After these Panic Buttons are added, when used, the panic button will send out  a signal/call to the nearest security agency.

In support of Telecom Ministry’s notification, Ministry of Women and Child Development too sent out a series of Tweets explaining how the ‘Panic Button’ works and even calling it a path breaking step.


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