Indian 'Anti-Rape' Underwear Delivers Debilitating Shocks to Attackers and Alerts to Police
Indian engineering students have invented "anti-rape underwear" that will deliver painful 3,800 kilovolt shocks to potential assailants.
After disabling the would-be attacker, the lingerie, which is also fitted with a global positioning system (GPS), will automatically send a text message to police and family members regarding the exact location of the attempted crime.
The engineers have fitted the undergarment with pressure sensors around the bust area of the lingerie to detect unwanted force. When force is detected, the technology-assisted underwear will deliver up to 82 electric shocks, which is more than enough to disable any potential sex offenders.
"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 create the prototype, told The Times of India.
"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," added Mohan, an engineering student at SRM University in Chennai.
Mohan and her two partners, Rimpi Tripathi and Neeladri Basu Pal, say they hope to begin commercial production of the anti-rape undergarment later this month.
"Studying in a convent girls school, we were always taught to be good to everyone around and bear a cheerful smile," she said, according to the Daily Mail. "After stepping into the real, cruel world we realized that our smile could not last for long as the threat to our purity and integrity always lingered on."
"Since the law makers 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," she added.
Recently, a string of rapes in India have made international headlines including the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a public bus in Delhi and a gang rape of a Swiss tourist traveling with her husband in central India.
The anti-rape underwear is not the first product to protect women from sex offenders. In 2010, a South African doctor developed Rape-axe, a female condom equipped with jagged hooks that latch onto a man's penis during penetration. Once the device is latched onto the penis, it can only be removed by a doctor. While the condom doesn't actually prevent rape, it will surely cause the attacker immense discomfort and allow his victim to escape.