Police extend coverage of anti-harassment app

With the help of the app, police will be able to reach women in need within 10 minutes

APP November 27, 2020


Police have extended the coverage of a mobile application to protect women against sexual harassment on the streets said SP Sarfraz Ahmed Virk on Thursday. Police had got the app developed from the National Information Technology Board (NITB).

The mobile application for protection against harassment was being rolled out across Islamabad, he said.

According to SP Virk, protection of women was among top priorities of the capital police and that was why the women safety application was launched.

Besides the police, important services such as Rescue 1122 and traffic police have also been included in it. He asserted that Islamabad Police were on high alert for prevention of crimes against women and children.

SP Virk said with the help of this app, policemen will be able to reach women in need within 10 minutes.

He mentioned users have the option to upload pictures and mark safe routes to travel to particular locations in the city, adding, the initiative is part of the government's efforts to make cities and public spaces safe for women.

He urged citizens to make such initiatives successful by using them responsibly.

Under the e-police feature, users will be able to use the app to report incidents of harassment and assault, he said.In any uncomfortable situation, women will just have to tap a button to share their location with the authorities.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2020.


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