The recent Delhi rape case has been an eye opener for many. Apart from the fact that we need better governance, the truth is that we also need a better technology system in place to handle such incidents.
Bangalore based Savdhan is a great attempt to build a guardian network which you’d need during an emergency situation. The way it works is very simple – signup, connect your Facebook/Twitter handle, add connections and when in emergency situation, simply give a missed call to the assigned number.
Savdhan gives you two options of numbers : 1) I am Ok and 2) I am not OK.
Once Savdhan receives your missed call, it will update all your network (the ones who you have connected your account with)- right from Facebook, Twitter to phone numbers and email ids you have added with the appropriate message.
Is there an app for that? The team is working on that, but a simple missed call facility is what is needed to alert the guardian and friend network. App, I believe is an overhead unless it’s part of your home screen.
The service is currently free to use and the team might revisit that depending on SMS cost etc.
Do give Savdhan a dekho and share your feedback with the team.