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 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:
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.
pic.twitter.com/9kx5hmBJpO — Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) 26 April 2016
— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) 26 April 2016
pic.twitter.com/Ov5L0YqabH — Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) 26 April 2016