The undergarment, which can shock a would-be rapist with 3,800 Kilovolts of electricity and send emergency text messages to the police, was created by three engineering students looking to help fight the ongoing surge in India of violence against women.
A group of engineering students in India have invented anti-rape underwear â€” a novel wearable device that they claim will prevent rape and other sexual offenses.
The protective panties are purportedly built to deliver up to 82 electric shocks to a would-be offender when pressure sensors on the item detect unwanted force.
The technology-assisted undergarment, aptly named Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE), can also alert police, or family or friends, through a built-in GPS system, to any potential sexual offense that would allow the would-be victim to be easily located.
“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,” Manisha Mohan, who helped develop the product,Â toldÂ The Times of India.
â€œA 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,” Mohan added.
Mohan, an engineering student at SRM University in Chennai, built a prototype of the underwear with her two colleagues, Rimpi Tripathi and Neeladri Basu Pal.
They are hoping to rollout commercial production of the device later this month, The Times reported.
The deviceâ€™s conception comes as India fights a surge in sexual violence against women, highlighted by the fatal December gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student
The horrifying case has generated widespread anger about the Indian government’s inability to prevent violence against women and has dented the countryâ€™s profitable tourism industry.
In the three months since that attack, the number of foreigners traveling to India has dropped by 25%, according to a recent study. The number of female tourists has dropped by 35%, the study claimed