By the Blouin News Technology staff

How will mobile tech changes help stem violence in India?

by in Personal Tech.

Motorcycle taxi. (Source: Reuben Strayer/flickr)

Motorcycle taxi. (Source: Reuben Strayer/flickr)

In India, where reported incidents of violence against women are soaring, both public and private sectors are looking at how technology can aid in curbing gender-based crimes, notably rape. India’s government announced this week that it is placing a mandate on all mobile phones sold in the country: each device sold after January 2017 must have a panic button feature to enable the user to call for help.

Despite heightened national and international attention on India’s violence against women problem following the 2012 rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, amidst other high-profile rapes and murders, there was a 9% increase in reported rapes from 2013 to 2014, reports Reuters. Bloomberg writes that about four rapes an hour occur in India. All of these figures demonstrate to what extent the country has failed to address its severe gender-based crime problem…

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