Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will make available “chains” (necklaces) with a panic button for women which can be used to send a distress signal to police in emergency.
The announcement was made by minister of state for home-rural Deepak Kesarkar while replying to a discussion on crimes at Ashramshalas (government-funded residential schools) in the legislative council in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The minister said the government is finalising a scheme under which “chains” with panic button will be made available at Rs 1,000 or less.
Women will be able to wear them around the neck.
“Such chains are available in several western countries….In the next one month, the technology will be finalised and we will float a tender,” said Kesarkar.
Shiv Sena legislator Neelam Gorhe, who raised the issue, said eight girls were sexually harassed at Minai Ashramshala in Walva tehsil of Sangli district in September.
A security committee should be set up in every Ashramshala for the security of girl inmates, she demanded.
Congress legislators Husna Bano Khalife, NCP’s Vidya Chavan and Shiv Sena’s Manisha Kayande also expressed concern about safety of girls at Ashramshalas.