Women in India Invent “Anti-Rape” Jeans to Combat Rape Epidemic
Rape is a serious problem in India, with government statistics finding that a rape occurs every 22 minutes. Several notable examples that have caused international outrage involved women being gang raped and then murdered, and the UN charging Indian authorities with dereliction of duty. But are anti-rape jeans the answer to the problem?
Two young Indian women have come up with a creative way to combat their country’s pervasive rape problem: a pair of high-tech jeans.
Students Diksha Pathak, 21, and Anjali Srivastava, 23, of Varanasi designed a pair of red pants outfitted with a small electronic button that sends a distress call to the nearest police station when pressed. The signal acts as a tracker, so police can rush straight to the victim’s location.
There are already as many as 200 police stations capable of receiving the alarm in Varanasi and its surrounding areas. Tests will be carried out next month, and lawmakers may press for the technology to be expanded nationwide if they’re successful.
“We have been thinking of making this device for a long time,” Pathak, a science student, told Central European News. “My father is often making himself ill with worry each time I am coming home late.
It’s nice, I guess, to know that a pair of jeans can notify police of a rape in progress, along with the victim’s location — but is it really all that helpful if Indian authorities have a history of ignoring the problem? And it doesn’t actually prevent a rape from happening. If anything, it encourages the rapist to kill the girl so he has a better chance of getting away undetected. If the jeans had a gun included? Now, that might actually help women.
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