Mata Amritanandamayi. Image Credit: Amritapuri.org

Rapists and sexual offenders beware, a university in Kerala is designing a weapon against you. The device, which can be inconspicuously hidden, is being developed by the Amrita University, run by spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

The the personal safety system, designed by the university, is a wearable electronic device that will help women trigger communication with family and police when in distress.

“Amma told us that we should try to develop a device that women can wear secretly through which they can alert the police and family members in crisis situations,” said Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, Director of Kollam-based Amrita University’s Centre for Cyber Security Systems & Networks.

The device can be triggered by just a press of a button, and will communicate immediately using SMS and voice calls to multiple destinations. It will also record voice conversations, said the University.

“This wearable device will ensure girls and women never feel alone ever again,” said Achuthan in a statement.

The prototype will be formally unveiled on September 26-27 in Kerala, during the 60th birthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

The device will also offer  automated information regarding the nearest police station, hospitals and fire stations to the victim so that she can get immediate help. The design team is working to ensure that this device can be securely lodged in an earring or a ring, an accessory most women use.

At a time when the nation is outraged with widespread incidents of rape and sexual offences, a device like this might come in handy in adding to women’s safety.

In 2011, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, run by Amritanandamayi, was accused of mistreating striking nurses who demanded a wage hike from the hospital. Nurses were also man handled by security staff during the protests.

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