Varanasi: Two young girls have designed a pair of high-tech jeans to combat India’s invasive rape crisis.
Diksha Pathak, 21, and Anjali Srivastava, 23, hailing from Varanasi designed a pair of pants outfitted with a small electronic button that sends a distress call to the nearest police station when pressed. The signal also acts as a tracker, so that police can rush straight to the victim’s location.
Reportedly, there are already 200 police stations in Varanasi and its surrounding areas, which are capable of receiving the alarm.
More tests will be carried out in July and if this innovation is tested successfully, political leaders may push for this technology to be expanded nationwide.
“We have been thinking of making this device for a long time as my father is often making himself ill with worry each time I am coming home late,” Pathak, a science student, told Central European News.
“These terrible gang rapes of women that we have heard so much about recently shocked me and my colleague to the very core. Hopefully no other women will have to suffer if they are wearing our clothing,” she added
Anjali Srivastava, who is studying electronic communication, joined in Pathak to invent this device, which lasts for almost 3 months before its batteries need to be replaced.
The anti-rape jeans cost approximately Rs 250.
The poor state of women’s safety in India has been under the spotlight since the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in the capital Delhi in 2012, which led to the introduction of tougher rape laws.
According to government statistics, a rape occurs every 22 minutes in the country.