Three Indian Students Develop Anti-Rape Lingerie

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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Three engineering students in India are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to stopping the country's current outbreak of violence towards women.

They’re making lingerie.

Monisha Mohan, Rimpi Tripathi, and Neeladri Basu Pal are students at the University of Chennai. The trio has designed an underwear garment capable of locating possible rape victims, electrocuting offenders, and sending messages to parents and police forces.

Fittingly, the garment has been named the Society Harnessing System (SHE). Monisha Mohan talked to The Times of India recently about the garment’s capabilities.

"The lingerie with global positioning system, global system for mobile communications and also pressure sensors is capable of sending shock waves of 3,800 kV as well as alerts to parents and police," said Mohan.

“A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated, and the GPS and GSM modules would send an SMS (to the Indian emergency number) as well as to parents of the girl," she added.

The garment has already won an award, picking up honors at the recent Gandhian Young Technology Award 2013 event. The students are currently making final design adjustments to the underwear, and they hope to sell the product commercially by the end of April.

The underwear has been developed in the wake India’s troubling boom of sexual violence towards women. The violence was exemplified in December when a 23-year-old college student was gang-raped and beaten to death. This tragic event received extensive media coverage, and many Indian citizens are angered at the Indian government’s perceived inability to halt sexual violence towards women. India’s tourism industry, which accounts for a significant portion of the countries revenues, has plummeted since the event. 25% fewer tourists have visited the country, including 35% less women.

When asked why the students chose to develop the underwear, Mohan said the safety of Indian women was the chief motivating factor.

“After the Delhi gang-rape incident, and the rape of a Bangalore BPO worker…we decided to come up with something innovative which helps women protect themselves,” she said. 

(NY Daily News, Indian Express)