Tuesday, 16 July 2019 04:31 GMT

India makes panic key must for mobiles from 2017

(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) New Delhi-

All mobile phones sold in India will have to have a panic button from the start of next year an official said on Tuesday as the country grapples with large numbers of sex crimes against women.

The button would allow users to call emergency services by pressing a single key on their phone a telecommunications ministry official said.

'No cell phones can be sold without the provision for panic button from January 1 2017' he said requesting anonymity.

The ministry said it was also making inbuilt GPS compulsory from January 1 2018.

'Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women' telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

India has struggled to curb high levels of sexual violence a problem that shot to global prominence with the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi in December 2012.

That incident led to an overhaul of India's rape laws including speeding up of trials and tougher penalties for offenders but high numbers of assaults persist.

The latest official figures show 36735 rapes were reported across the country in 2014.

 India makes panic key must for mobiles from 2017

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