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- Home Minister Rajnath Singh on December 1, 2018 announced a pan-India single-number “112” under an emergency mobile app for women’s safety.
- He said it will have a special women safety feature to get immediate assistance from police and volunteers.
- Launching the Emergency Response Support System, ERSS, in Nagaland, Mr Singh said a ‘SHOUT’ feature has been made available exclusively for women in the mobile app. It is connected to ERSS.
- Under the ERSS project, people will be able to receive immediate assistance from police, health and fire departments as well as from other agencies using number 112.
- The ERSS has been integrated with police, fire, health and women helpline numbers to provide emergency services through the emergency number ‘112’.
- The app will assist the first responders in locating and tracking the woman in distress using GPS for effective response.
- The home minister said a country in which women are safe, is strong and no one can stop its development.
- Mr Singh said a dedicated Women’s Safety Division has been created in the Home Ministry and Fast Track Courts have also been established to deal with sexual assault cases.