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Indian women use smartphones to 'pin the creeps'

Published on Mar 3, 2013 12:12 PM
 
In this photograph taken on Feb 27, 2013, an Indian pedestrian tests the free app "Stipator" on her mobile phone in Mumbai. With virtual bodyguards, panic buttons and maps to pinpoint harassment blackspots, women in urban India are using their smartphones for protection after a notorious gang rape in New Delhi. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MUMBAI (AFP) - With virtual bodyguards, panic buttons and maps to pinpoint harassment blackspots, women in urban India are using their smartphones for protection after a notorious gang rape in New Delhi.

Interest in safety apps and websites has surged since the fatal December attack, in which a 23-year-old student was set upon by a drunken gang on her way home from a cinema in the Indian capital.

After outrage and protests erupted, four businesswomen set up Safecity.in, a website for victims of harassment to channel their anger.

The site encourages them to "Pin the Creeps" by reporting incidents of harassment and abuse - ranging from catcalling to rape - which are added to an online map and sent to those requesting alerts.

 
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