In a bid to ensure women's safety in Delhi, especially the ones traveling in the late hours, the police department has decided to add a new facility called 'track me' to its existing SOS application HIMMAT.
The HIMMAT application was connected to a GPS tracking system used to locate the origin of the SOS alert.
‘The Delhi Police department has decided to add a facility named 'track me' to its existing SOS application HIMMAT. ’
Now under the new facility, the women commuters in the capital state, which has been called by many as the 'rape capital of India', shall be given three time slots to choose from and the GPS tracking shall continue for the opted period.
If the commuter doesn't reach the destination within the selected time slot, the option can be re-selected and the tracking shall continue. If re-selection is not opted for, the process monitored by the police control room shall stop automatically, said the official.
"In the new system, the police control room can conveniently locate the person in distress, even as the position keeps changing," said the official.
The facility is currently put on trial mode, with around eight officials in the police department using it. The three time slots available are 10 minutes, 15 minutes and 30 minutes.
Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) Sundari Nanda said that shortfalls experienced during the one month long trial will be noted to make the system perfect. Nanda also said that the system was developed keeping in mind the security of working women who work in odd shifts and women commuters who travel to and from the airport, railway stations and bus terminals in odd hours.