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26/04/2016

All Indian mobile phones will soon have a panic button

IN - All phones sold in India will be required to have a panic button from 2017.


India - All phones sold in India will be required to have a panic button from 2017 as part of a government attempt to improve safety for women.

The panic button would work by pressing a designated button on a smartphone, or the keys for 5 or 9 on more basic phones, and will dial emergency services. Although India has no 999 or 911 equivalent, a centralised '112' number will be introduced in the next few months.

From 2018, mandatory GPS will be required in all phones to make it easier to locate women in distress, officials said.

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