3 Minute Stories

3 Minute Stories

on individuals, initiatives & institutions - by Amrit Vatsa

We criticize Police all the time. Few IITians decided to help them instead! Worth sharing?

Aditya is a computer science graduate from IIT Delhi. He worked as a consultant for few years. But he soon quit his corporate life to start an NGO – People for Parity (PfP). As described in it’s website, PfP “works to curb gender- based violence in India, via engaging youth to create deep understanding and action on gender violence in their lives and communities and engaging institutions like the police, school and university authorities, and others for effective prevention of gender-based violence“.

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While working on various ways to make our society equally safe for all genders, PfP came up with the idea of a smart-phone based app that could help police rescue the citizens, by dynamically tracking their locations (when in danger).

To rope in police was anything but an easy task! Shashank Yaduvanshi & Ravikant Bhargava, also from IITD, added on to Aditya’s idea and developed the app within few months (called Pukar). But thereafter, the PfP team had to struggle for one full year before getting their first breakthrough with any police department. Credit for their first breakthrough goes to Arushi Mittal, another IIT batchmate of Aditya, who is also his colleague at PfP at present.

By the time they had their app ready, a lot of other distress apps had already been launched, especially after the infamous Nirbhaya bus gang-rape in Delhi. But most of them only helped in sending out distress SMSes to one’s friends / relatives. Almost no one considered bringing police in the loop. And very few considered live tracking of the sender’s whereabouts using the existing GPS feature of the smartphones. The few that did, were not free!

This short documentary is the story of Aditya and his friends from IIT Delhi; how they almost gave up on Police but how they finally did achieve their goal of convincing the Police about the value that such an app brings, not only to them, but also to the citizens in general. Pukar’s journey has just begun and let us wish them all the very best in their noble mission.

Do download the app and share this video-story with your family and friends. Let’s help these guys in their mission of making India safe for its citizens; for men, women and everyone, equally.

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