Can Panic Buttons On Cellphones Protect Women In India?
A new rule requiring panic buttons on cellphones is in response to India's increasing problem with violence against women.By Ben Lawson | April 26, 2016
Starting next year, new mobile phones in India must feature a "panic button" that will call emergency responders.
The rule is meant to address the country's increasing problem with violence against women. In 2014, there were more than 330,000 crimes against women in the country — up more than 9 percent from the previous year.
There are already apps in India that can call a private security service, and many smartphones allow emergency calls without unlocking the phone.