Women Safety related incidents are said to be on the rise across many regions in India and in particularly it is women from rural locations that are feeling more and more unsafe when traveling alone. There have been a number of high profile cases being covered in international news reports and many people on the ground feel that local and national government have not intervened with enough adequate solutions to ensure enhanced safety.
Two Young female Students at a college in Varanasi in India have come up with their very own solution after being inclined to use their skills in tech development and engineering, although the solution is a rather drastic one, some may describe it literally as a little SHOCKING! (intentional pun!!)
Rijul Pandey and Saloni Yadav are two female students at an engineering college in Varanasi in India and they have invented a device which they call the ELECTRIC SHOCK + GPS SANDALS.
The sandals enable the wearer to immediately protect herself whenever she feels she may be at threat from a perpetrator. This devised sandal can give up to 800 volts of electric shock whenever the girl touches it to the person who may be attacking her. The person will become unconscious for some time allowing the wearer to call for help.
Now it does leave you with a number of questions at first, but considering that it is designed for women in particularly living in the rural regions where often phone lines do not work or there may be other restrictions with regard to having access to adequate means of safety.
Firstly… the person wearing the sandals cannot be electrocuted as they are insulated by the material of the sandal. Secondly… yes, there could be health and safety issues and there may be a risk of harming someone excessively, but then if it protects a woman from much further risk then this can only be a good thing.
In this sandal, in its heel there is a transistor in which diodes, two switches, LED light connecting wires are placed. By pressing one button the sandal will be activated which is indicated by a red LED light and by pressing a second button the girl can give a shock to the person posing a threat. The GPS function enables her exact location to be tracked when alerted. It’s not an overcomplicated piece of tech, and for this reason it can be easy to afford and produced in mass fairly easily and cheaply. It’s probably also a lot better than carrying a gun or other visible weapon.
The girls decided to take the initiative to devise this ‘shock-giving’ sandal and it is truly commendable that their proactive action has come up with quite the innovative solution.
In parts of the world where health and safety issues are prevalent it may not be the best tool, but if it empowers the wearer to feel safe and it can act as a deterrent and potentially saving lives… then it’s certainly worthy of use.
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We wish students Rijul and Saloni all the best with their project for now.They have been working on this for just under a year now and the project is one of many being considered for local pilots.
And in the week where the world acknowledged Womens Day we hope they continue inspiring other women to empower themselves and for others to be as proactive with solutions as they are being.