Luke­warm re­sponse to safety app prompts cops to put up posters

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A boy zip lines at Shivaji ground in Thane on Satur­day.

As the mo­bile app, Prati­saad Ask, has not got a good re­sponse, the Navi Mumbai po­lice have started putting boards across the city to cre­ate aware­ness.

The mo­bile app was in­tro­duced mainly for the peo­ple in dis­tress and safety of women. The po­lice in­te­grated their old mo­bile app, Ci­ti­zen Cop, into this a few weeks ago.

The luke­warm re­sponse has prompted the po­lice to take the step of putting boards.

“This app is be­lieved to in­still a sense of con­fi­dence among women. By down­load­ing the app, they will be just a click away to seek po­lice help. It gives the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the dis­tressed wo­man and the short­est route to her. How­ever, very few women have down­loaded this app in the city and not many are aware of this,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from the so­cial me­dia lab.

“More peo­ple use smart phones even in the ru­ral ar­eas. There is hardly any young­ster who does not have a Face­book or Twit­ter ac­count. It is sad that de­spite de­sign­ing the app so beau­ti­fully, peo­ple are not tak­ing ad­van­tage,” he said.

Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime), said that there is no real-time sit­u­a­tion, wherein the po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from some­one on this app and res­cued that per­son.

“When it comes to us­age of such tech­nol­ogy, we have seen two types of peo­ple. Some are ig­no­rant and they hardly have any knowl­edge about how to use it,” he said.

“The sec­ond are over­ac­tive and keep send­ing the same mes­sage to us through dif­fer­ent medi­ums such as What­sApp, Face­book and Twit­ter,” he added.

The po­lice have mainly cho­sen pub­lic places such as rail­way sta­tions, bus stands and mar­kets to put the boards.

“We hope the peo­ple will learn about the app through th­ese boards and then will down­load it on their mo­bile phones,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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