From 2017, all mobile phone handsets will mandatorily have to have a ‘panic button’ to be used during emergencies.
Government has said that the button will connect the user to the nearest redressal agency. The move is part of efforts to provide a means of self-protection, particularly for women.

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said “from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button, and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should also have Global Positioning System inbuilt.”

A Gazette of India notification said from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell in India: ” phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘numeric key – 5′ or ‘numeric key – 9′ to invoke emergency call.”

Earlier this year, Government had proposed a single emergency number – 112 – to help from police, ambulance or the fire department.


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