'Himmat' : Home Minister launches integrated women safety app 'Himmat'

Highlights: 

  • The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched 'Himmat', a mobile application of Delhi Police which will allow women to send a distress call to Police Control Room and their relatives in case of any emergency in New Delhi, recently.
  • The app will basically cater to employed women who have smartphones and travel alone even late in the night.
  • After downloading the app, a new user has to register with the Delhi Police website by sharing their name, mobile number and that of a minimum of two relatives/friends.
  • Once the User registers, the user will get a SMS on mobile number given at the time of registration with a download link and registration key.
  • User has to enter this key in the registration window in the application. This is a one-time process.
  • An SMS alert will also be sent to minimum of five friends and relatives of the user and a status will be posted on his Facebook and Twitter timeline which will be connected to the App.
  • The police however cautioned people not to misuse the App.
  • "Himmat application and service are to be used only when there is a threat to Life and Limb. 
  • Generating false SOS alerts/ alarms, intentionally/ unintentionally, will lead to cancellation of the registration after 3 such (False SOS alerts) incidents. 
  • The user must report in an email/to support number, if in case they want to re-register and activate the facility. Support number is 011-23490378".
  • The Home Minister also asked Delhi Police to make the app available on iOS platform so that iPhone users can also use it.
  • The Home Ministry has issued an advisory to all states that efforts should be made to increase the representation of women to 33%.
  • The Himmat app can be downloaded free of cost from the Delhi Police website - www.delhipolice.nic.in and also from the Google Play Store.
  • The application also has a help section which has details about how to use each section of the app.
  • In 2014, 11,000 women have used 100 number facility while 49,717 women have used number 1096, the anti-stalking and obscene calls helpline, and 1410 women have used the women helpline 1091.