Apps Every Delhi Girl Must Have
The Indian Constitution asks us, as a nation as well as on an individual level, to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women. If one was to go through any random newspaper on any random day, what one would probably read in it would make “practices derogatory to the dignity of women” seem like an understatement. Exceeding political rhetoric and an excruciating lack of political will often makes us wonder what the Government is doing to improve the sorry state of affairs. It is in times like these when we must reflect upon that little part of our Constitution that tells us that that in addition to the government, this burden falls upon on our shoulders as well.
It is somewhat shocking that Delhi continues to be at the forefront of crimes against women, despite being the national capital and its status as a bustling metropolis. While it is true that crime cannot be completely eradicated from society, we can surely ensure that it is minimised and its occurrence avoided as much as possible. Hence, it becomes imperative that we make use of readily available technology, such as mobile phone applications that do a decent job at maintaining a sense of security.
Here we take a look at some of these apps that we hope you’ll never need. They have basically the same underlying concept: transmission of a user’s location as determined by the GPS to a list of emergency contacts.
VithU: V Gumrah Initiative
One of the more popular of such apps, it is activated as soon as you press the power button twice, in quick succession. It then sends your location to the listed contacts every two minutes. The location is sent with an alert message – “I am in danger. I need help. Please follow my location.”
Himmat is another free app that is recommended by the Delhi Police. In order to use the app, you will have to register at the Delhi Police’s website. Once you complete the online registration, an OTP will be sent to your mobile phone, that you can enter in the app to complete the registration process. If you initiate an SOS alert using the app, your location along with the audio and video will be sent directly to the police control room, making it much easier for the police to help you.
Stay secure works in a similar way as VithU, where you press the power button 5 times for the app to send an alert to the listed contacts. It can also send an SOS SMS to 5 of the contacts. Perhaps its best feature is that it can work without a data connection.
This app is equipped with a button that you can tap to immediately send your location to specified contacts. Moreover, if the app is switched off and isn’t active, it can still send alerts. All you have to do is press the volume key for three seconds. It can send an SOS message without internet connectivity.
Like the name suggests, all you have to do in case you need to use the app, is scream loudly, which will trigger an alarm in the app. It then sends your location to your guardians, even if the phone is locked. Like the others, it comes with an SOS SMS feature.
We sincerely hope you never find yourself in a situation where you need to use these apps, but in case you do, they should come in handy.