Indian students invent shock-emitting anti-rape lingerie

Fed up with waiting for their government to do something about sexual assaults against women, three Indian students have invented anti-rape underwear.

Three Indian engineering students have invented lingerie they say will give sexual predators the shock of their lives if they try to molest women.

The students, all studying engineering in Chennai, have named the product Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE).

SHE comes equipped with GPS, GSM mobile phone network and pressure sensors, Manisha Mohan, one of the inventors, told the Times of India.

It is capable of sending shocks of 3.8 million volts to attackers, as well as alerting parents and police, Mohan said, adding that the shocks can be emitted up to 82 times.

Mohan described it as "an apt device" that gives women "freedom from situations faced in public places," including situations where they are hesitant to go to the police for help.

India has been in the news recently for sexual attacks and violence against women, which shocked the country and the world,and spurred the Indian government to come up with anti-rape legislation.

Anti-rape lingerie: From left, Niladri Basu, Manisha Mohan and Rimpi Tripathy invented anti-rape underwear. IMAGEwww.techpedia.in

From left, Niladri Basu, Manisha Mohan and Rimpi Tripathy invented anti-rape underwear

According to a description of the product on techpedia.in, an electric circuit board is placed near the bosom. A survey showed that is the area first attacked when women are "eve-teased" — a term commonly used in India to describe public molestations or sexual harassment by men —  or raped.

The inside of the lingerie is insulated with a polymer.

The device won a 2013 Gandhian Young Technological Award.

Mohan and the two other inventors, Niladri Basu and Rimpi Tripathy, write on the Techpedia site that they were inspired to make the product after identifying incidents of sexual violence while surveying women's hostels in India.

"Since the lawmakers take ages to come up with just laws and even after that, women are unsafe ... hence, we have initiated the idea of self-defense which protects the women from domestic, social and workplace harassment," they wrote.

The device's shortcomings? According to the trio, SHE needs to be more compact.

They also want to connect the system with a smartphone using Bluetooth wireless transmission in the near future.

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