With an aim to make a mobile phone handset an effective tool for self-protection, the Indian government has said that cell phones will have a single key panic button that will connect to the nearest redressal agency with a single push.
This follows a similar move for one emergency ’112′ number for availing services of police, ambulance and fire department.
The Gazette of India notification said from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell in India: The feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘numeric key – 5′ or ‘numeric key – 9′ to invoke emergency call.
It also said: Smart phones without the facility of emergency call button by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession.
The notification added that with effect from January 1, 2017 no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell the new mobile phone handset in India without the facility of identifying the location through satellite based GPS.