A central app for women in distress has been launched by the centre which will facilitate getting emergency help through a single number (112) and will be applicable throughout the nation. Women can now use the number 112 to access the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) in times of trouble. This helpline can be accessed by dialling 999 or 555 on the mobile phone. The Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani shared with the Lok Sabha that this helpline can also be availed through the ‘112 India’ mobile app on a smartphone.
Even though we live in a modern world, women in India are yet to feel completely safe when alone in any circumstance. While the state has enforced plenty and more laws with the intention of protecting women from any sort of assault or abuse, crimes against women are yet to recede. Therefore, an app and a national helpline such as this is the need of the hour. While both the state and its institutions like the police are doing everything in their power, a woman’s safety is also in her hands.
Thus with this app, women can ensure their safety to an extent. This is indeed a huge step for the women in our country as they will no longer be completely vulnerable to such unfortunate and unpredictable events such as assault, abuse and the sort. Another incredible milestone in the same area has been the establishment of 684 one-stop centres for women who have been victims of the aforementioned crimes. These centres will ensure that action is taken as soon as possible. The one-stop centres were built by making use of the Nirbhaya Fund. As a nation, we have again stepped closer to becoming an India that is safe for all its citizens.