Students in India Create Anti-Rape Garment

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

Three students from India have created GPS equipped anti-rape underwear capable of knocking down sexual assaulters with 3800 kv volt shocks that will also alert police.

Resembling a night-gown with wiring between the breasts, the underwear named-Society Harnessing Equipment, or SHE, will send electric current to the assaulter the moment he tries to press a woman's body.

The trio, all engineering students at a university in the southern Indian city of Chennai, said the idea for the innovation was triggered by the assault on a 23-year old student who was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in New Delhi last December, sending shivers across the globe.

The girl later succumbed to injuries in a hospital in Singapore, sparking nation-wide debate over the safety of women in India and country's lax anti-rape laws.

One of the creators of the electric lingerie, Rimpi Tripathi, said the product would not only protect the woman but also deliver instant punishment to the offender.

Months of handwork, careful planning and creation of sensitive electric circuits that do not harm the woman wearing the underwear have been vital to the innovation.

The trio is working on ensuring that the product is water-resistant and can be interfaced with mobile via Bluetooth.

Tripathi said the three innovators had spent a lot of time and research to create an insulating layer to prevent the underwear from sending electric shocks to the person wearing it.

The team is also working on finding a suitable fabric, allowing women to wash it like an ordinary garment before it is made available in the market.

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