To make the city safer for women, Delhi Police has launched an Android mobile app named Himmat, that allows smartphone users to call police control room by shaking the phone or pressing the power button twice in an emergency. The app can be downloaded free of cost from the Delhi Police Website and also from the Google Play Store.
To use the app, a user needs to register at the Delhi Police website. During the registration process, it requires details such as complete name of user, residential address, photo ID proof and up to 5 emergency contact numbers. After successful registration, user gets registration key (OTP) which needs to be entered in the mobile app to complete application configuration. As soon as the user of Himmat app raises the SOS alert from the Himmat App, the location information and audio-video is transmitted to Delhi Police control room. Delhi Police can then immediately send the nearest available Police personnel to help to the victim.
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The app also has a feature of sending SMS alert to minimum of five friends and relatives of the user. Once the distress button is pressed, the app will start a 30 second audio and video recording on the phone and same will be relayed to the Police Control Room (PCR) and the victim will get a call back from the PCR.
Generating false SOS alerts/alarms will lead to cancellation of the registration after 3 such incidents and if the user want to re-register and activate the facility then they must report in an email to support the number. The app has been primarily launched for the employed women who travel alone sometimes late at night.
While other such apps have already been existing, including Channel V’s VithU, people might find this one more credible due to Delhi Police’s backing.