Following the ‘Nirbhaya’ incident in Delhi, a plan was proposed for mobile phones to sport a panic button that can send a distress signal and current location of the user to families and friends. The plan has now been finalized by the government and it will see the light of day in 2017. From 1st January 2017, all cellphones in India will carry a panic button where upon long pressing a button or number of buttons will send the desired distress signal.
This project is being completed using the Nirbhaya Fund set up by UPA government in 2012. For the existing cellphones, work is underway to towards a free app that will provide similar functionality. For non-smartphone users, government is in talks with manufacturers to provide a suitable solution. There are already some applications available on Google Play Store such as VithU and Woman Safety Shield Protectionif you do not want to wait till 2017.