Kerala sets up Nirbhayam app in order to ensure protection and security for women in the state.
Via the Nirbhayam app, launched specifically for the safety of women in the state, the Kerala police intend to receive a distress message from a woman in just about any part of the state in 10 minutes.
Kerala sets up Nirbhayam app
ADGP (Law and Order) Vijay S Sakhare informed TNIE that the app has several tools to help the police track a distressed call even if they have no data connection.
“We have ensured all steps for data protection and privacy. The server of the app is with State Data Centre and the access is totally under the control of Kerala Police.
“We want all women to download this app. It will boost the confidence of women.
The app is going to revolutionise how police will be attending to distress calls from women who need police protection,” he said.
For five seconds, a woman in trouble has to only click on the ‘Support’ button in the app.
How the app works?
The app automatically delivers the address to the closest police control room/police station and it is sent directly to the police team available closest to the location of the individual who sent the distress signal until the emergency signal is received in the district control room.
One can download the app freely from the App Store and Google Play.
“To ensure police protection, a woman has to simply download the app on her phone and register herself.
The app works even if the internet is not available. The app can send an alert message and location to police from almost any location even,” he said.
Regarding the choice for sending media files through the app, Sakhare stated, “It also enables the user to send text and audio messages, pictures and videos to police discreetly, which can be later used as evidence.”
After reporting through app
While the police will collect the mobile number of the person who clicks the distress button, it was determined not to automatically send the user a return call, but to guarantee that the police team reaches the location as soon as possible and makes a call only after reaching the spot.
Although the officials are unsure of the circumstance in which the caller may be in trouble, it has been determined not to give the recipient a return call directly afterwards. It would adopt a ‘first-reach-the-spot’ policy.
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