An Indian man has created an innovative safety kit to help women feel safer while walking around the streets in India.
Shyam Chaurasia from the state of Uttar Pradesh in India has been showcasing his inventions found in several everyday accessories such as earrings and handbags to help keep women safe since 2020.
Chaurasia’s safety kit contains a handbag and a pair of heels that can fire blank rounds to scare off any attackers and help alert bystanders. He also invented a pair of earrings with a GPS tracker inside that can make emergency calls to the authorities.
The Indian innovator has even created a “lipstick gun” that can be connected to its user’s smartphone via Bluetooth.
“In case the woman is in trouble or anyone tries anything and she is not able to use a mobile phone, she can press a button on the lipstick gun, which is linked to Bluetooth and it will immediately make a call to the 112 emergency number,” Chaurasia explained to the South China Morning Post in January 2020. “It will share her location with the emergency services, so the police can arrive to help her.”
Chaurasia, who is supported by Abdul Kalam University’s innovation hub for his kit’s public release, said his inventions have up to one week’s worth of usage with only two hours of charging.
Although Chaurasia has already priced his kit at $31.35, he admitted that it is not ready yet for public release, a recent report from Newsflare noted.
As of July, the National Commission for Women reportedly received more than 17,000 complaints of crime against women in India. With the growing number of cases, many are calling for the increase of operational One Stop Centres in the country. Launched in 2015, these centers aim to help women facing sexual, emotional, physical, psychological and economic abuse. There are 758 approved One Stop Centers in India; however, only 708 of them are operational.