Delhi, despite being the capital of India, has been blemished by the continuously rapes and harassment issues occurring daily in the city. None day go, where we do not hear any such shameful issues. Recently the 5-year-old-girl was brutally groped and raped by a man causing the girl to fight between life and death. The government and politicians has also taken some steps to cease it but has not able to stop a bit of it, even it is increasing potentially.
As it has been seen that only government and police can not do al the things. The common people has also to contribute in it to abandon the rape rate. Realizing this fact, some of the youngsters has created “ anti rape garments”. These clothes comprise multiple gadgets and techniques to protect the girl.
The first gadget is anti-rape underwear. The undergarment which is called ‘SHE’, an acronym for Society Harnessing Equipment, is developed by Manisha Mohan along with her friends. A student of aeronautical engineering, Manisha felt the need to create such a gadget after the rape of the young 23-year old in the capital city.
The vest-like cloth, comes with an inbuilt GPS system and an electrical-sensor circuit. The wearer holds the remote which can trigger the shock. At just the press of a button, the offender will be incapacitated as the cloth is capable of discharging 3800 kV electric shock. The inbuilt GPS system helps track location of the victim. The sensors of the vest are capable of sending emergency messages to the police alerting them of any mishappening.
“It was the pain of every women, which triggered the idea. All the more, it was hatred against molesters and eve- teasers which led to this design,” Manisha says. As the cloth is like an undergarment, it is not visible to the outsider and can be effectively concealed.
The second garment is an anti-molestation jacked created by two youngsters: Nishant Priya and Shahzad Ahmadat, NIFT. The jacket which looks like any other ordinary coat comes with special features installed. Just like SHE, the anti-rape undergarment, the jacket comes with electric sensor which discharge a shock of 110 volts rendering the molestor helpless.
The charge can be activated by a button which is in control of the wearer. The main idea of the jacket is to catch the offender off-guard and incapacitate him. “We took the concept of a stun gun similar to the ones used by a policeman which can can discharge electricity and catch a person off-guard. The principle is to momentarily shock the person into immobility with a low-voltage pulse delivered between two electrodes,” says the professor who mentored the two youth.
The jacket does not have any special appearance and is also available in two variants: a denim variant and one in acrylic. Both the jackets come specially fitted with metal embroidery which triggers the shock. The button which activates the jacket rests on the waistband. The main aim of the jacket is to stun the attackers and give the woman the much-needed time to make a getaway.
“The idea was to make a piece of clothing that will give the girl or the woman time to make a quick getaway if assaulted. It also should be wearable as well as washable.” The innovation is not new and was created way back in 2004. However, the jacket is still awaiting a patent and will hopefully be available commercially by 2014.
With the apathetic response shown by leaders and a lack of action which can almost be termed disinterest, such devices might come as the much needed aid in times of trouble. The shocks combined with a pepper spray and the offender should learn his lesson! Here’s to women power!
“We had to keep in mind that the jacket should be functional and affordable. The electric current should be mild, else it would turn into a weapon and that would entail getting a license and thereby raising the cost of the garment,” says Nishant Priya who adds the garment can “render the assaulter immobile for at least 10 to 15 minutes.”
“Along with our gadget, we aim to provide the user with a manual with instructions on washing the garment,” says Nishant.
“I am aware that organisations like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have worked with some electrical fabric but it is not easily available commercially in India and the cost is also prohibitive. We want to do something which comes for less than Rs 1500,” says Noopur.
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