New Delhi, December 19: Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi has announced that soon cell phones will be equipped with a panic button to help women in distress. Gandhi said on Friday that all cell phones, old and new, will have this feature, which will enhance women’s safety in India. Gandhi made the announcement in Lok Sabha on Friday, where she also elaborated on all the measures taken by the central government to for women’s safety. Also Read - EPFO Adds 13.36 Lakh Net Subscribers in January 2021, New Enrolments Up by 28%

Gandhi said that all the new cell phones will have an in-built panic button and in case of the old phones, the owner will have to ask the manufacturer to install the button. “If a woman is in trouble, she can just press the button on the cell phone and she will immediately get help”, Gandhi explained in the Parliament. According to a Times of India report, if the user will press the button for a few seconds, the phone will automatically connect to a number fed by the user earlier. The WCD and the telecom ministries have started working on the proposal, which will be completed in the next six months, the report claims. Also Read: Nirbhaya case: Juvenile Bill stuck in Parliament; Maneka Gandhi upset over no action against culprit Also Read - Beware! Your Ration Card May be Cancelled in 3 Months if You Don't Do This

Maneka was responding to concerns expressed by members of the Lok Sabha about the safety of Indian women and the growing rate of crimes against women in the country. While admitting that the state of women’s safety in India was not good, the government asserted that steps were being taken in that regard. Gandhi assured that these steps will empower women to tackle the challenges, resulting in women doing “much better” in the coming years. Also Read - Punjab Man Who Intentionally Ran His Car Over Dog Arrested, 12 Canines Rescued From His House

However, the problem of implementation and execution of the plan to install panic buttons in phones, and its feasibility, still remains unaddressed. Other measures taken by the government include assigning special police volunteers for every village and women’s helplines in states.  Gandhi said that the government had set up 10 women crisis centres and was planning to increase them to 660 in all districts. The centres provide free medical, legal and police help to women and their activities are monitored daily, she said.