A team of three Indian engineering students, including 20 year-old Monisha Mohan, has invented an anti-rape, bra-like device that responds to aggressive pinching and pulling at a woman� breasts.
The device was inspired by the brutal mass rape and subsequent death last December of a 23 year-old law student in Delhi that sent shock-waves throughout the world.
Mohan calls the device � retaliation against menaces in society.
Mohan and her fellow-students, Rimpy Tripathy and Niladri Basu, from the Indian state of Chennai set out to invent electrified ‘anti-rape lingerie’ to protect women from sexual assault. Apart from giving would-be rapist a severe shock, the bra carries GPS and GSM devices which send an alert to the victim’s parents and the police in the event of an attack.
Called Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE) it comes equipped with a shock circuit board near the bra. The lingerie can send more than 82 high voltage electric shocks to the assailant – enough to cause severe burn marks.
“Rape is a common occurrence in many parts of the world,” said Mohan. “We thought it would not come to an end until some innovative idea for solving this problem comes out. Discussions on rape cases alone are no solution. We need to do something practical to stop rapes. The Delhi rape incident motivated us to find ways.”
The SHE device is an undergarment which is set up inside the innerwear of a woman in a way that when pressure is applied to it during an assault, a strong electric shock is generated.
Simultaneously, the device sends out two messages – one to the police station and other to a family member.
At the moment, the anti-rape bra is not available in the shops as the team is busy making it more compact and more effective. But if a company does start manufacturing it, Mohan said the team would like to make the device as cheap as possible.
“We would want it to reach every section of society and not be only affordable to the affluent. Our objective is to protect women and not to earn profit.