Indian Students Develop ‘Rape-Prevention’ Underwear

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India students participate in a protest against the alleged inaction by the Indian government in the gang rape of a 23-year old student in a bus in New Delhi, India

Three engineering students in India have developed lingerie that they claim has “anti-rape” features that will help women protect themselves against possible attacks.

The underwear — dubbed Society Harnessing Equipment — features GPS technology (to alert the police) as well as pressure-activated electrodes “capable of sending shock waves of 3,800 kV” Manisha Mohan, one of the developers behind the product, told the Times of India.

(MOREAnother High-Profile Rape in India Highlights Ongoing Problem)

“A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated,” he told the newspaper. The GPS link and a cell phone transmitter would also send an SOS text to emergency services “as well as to parents of the girl,” she said.

The circuitry for the GPS and sensor modules are both based near the bosom — as according to research on attempted rapes and sexual harassment, that is where women are first attacked, say the students.

(MOREIndia Demands Change as It Mourns Gang-Rape Victim)

Mohan and her fellow designers outlined the inspiration behind their design in the project profile:

“Studying in a convent girls school, we were always taught to be good to everyone around and bear a cheerful smile. 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.”

The rape and death of a young woman in Delhi last year has highlighted the problem of sexual violence in India. The students cite both the Delhi gang rape as well as another incident in Bangalore as their impetus for finding a solution to the problem.

However the idea of an anti-rape device is not a new one. In South Africa the controversial ‘Rape-Axe’, a latex condom embedded with inward-facing barbs, was proposed in 2005 to mixed reception. Though theSociety Harnessing Equipment can reportedly deliver up to 82 shocks, it’s considerably tamer than the Rape-Axe. The students are hoping to make their design available for purchase in April.

MORE: Should the Indian Gang-Rape Victim Remain Anonymous?

91 comments
BenIncaHutz
BenIncaHutz

Indian men are angry little guys arent they?

katyaduras
katyaduras

It is estimated that there are 264 rapes of females occurring each day, which amounts to 11 rapes per hour. By any stretch of the imagination, this is an astounding figure when one takes into consideration that many rapes have gone unreported. Some critics say that the relative inferior status of girls in some cultures makes them susceptible because rape is treated as a private matter and remains underreported. . It just summons up memories of the past when science was used to marginalize and limit people’s rights. Read more, go to thegreaterbooks and clilk on ‘Are Women the Superior Gender?’for the full history.

 

SuperdeutscherNazi
SuperdeutscherNazi

Hello, last day i raped a girl. i had so much fun then i thold i could also rape a girl in Indian because i wanted to try something new, but the girl wear this new underwear and i was shocked when the underwear begin to give me electroshocks. SCHEISSE!

EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

While the ultimate goal is a good thing, I'm uncomfortable with some of the underlying rhetoric.  Purity?  Sends a message to her parents?  Rape is bad because it involves doing violence to a person's body against their will, not because of some ridiculous notion that having had sex makes people 'impure'.  (Of course, the poor word choice may also be a translation artifact.)

RickFromTexas
RickFromTexas

They stole my concept, except my idea was to put a picture of Donald Trump in the crotch. If that doesn't scare 'em  off, nothing will.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

Rape prevention underwear. What a great idea. Now I guess the only thing left is to convince them to wear some.


asfasdf
asfasdf

god pp commenting herel r so racist. (pardon my grammar) but there are, as one person said, there are jerks and nice men everywhere, regardless of religion/culture. as for the article, it is a cute and creative idea, and should be launched worldwide.

Peace_2_All
Peace_2_All

Sure, this underwear invention may or may not be a good-workable-effective idea, however... if it end up working and helping to stop assailants in some fashion, then... go for it.

Peace...

brownie
brownie

@estampie I am also an Indian born in Canada, and actually over here where I live and my friends which are also Indian have always respected women never tried to "oppress" women especially the ones we are with. Don't get me wrong im alll for interracial diversity, but ur reason and idiotic statement for saying "ALL" men is pretty damn stupid. I could also say indian ALL indian women are controlling, jealous, obsessive, INSECURE, deceitufl, and just want the attention; are you like that too? I think your husband made a mistake to be with someone who can hate her own heritage, and culture. as @whatyoumadlady said you must have had a really bad childhood to make such a rash judgement

 

whatyoumadlady
whatyoumadlady

 @estampie 

You must have had a bad chidlhood; Did your daddy and brother do bad things to you and your mom??

I pity you.

btw, stop making such sweeping statements based on your daddy's and brother's behavior

estampie
estampie

I'm an indian woman and married an american.  I've told my husband that i've never dated indian men jokingly referring to it as racist against my own kind.  He never really understood why and still even after all this its hard for him to fully understand though he doesn't laugh at me anymore.  He tells me that the indians that have been educated and his co-workers are different.  I say absolutely not.  It doesn't matter how modernized the men are and I even say that for my uncles and cousins.  The need to hurt women on a level that others cultures just cannot understand was implanted onto them from birth.  

This underwear thing is a bit silly.  Why not give all the women guns, and knives.  Then train them in school to not only use weapons but in mixed martial arts and Brazilian judo.  Just regular traditional martial arts wont work.  They need the full on contact for practice.  After 6mo to a year the men in that country will be crying wimps.  

EpidiMagica
EpidiMagica

Hopefully the shock would disable the perp enough for the victim to get away.  Doesn't help much in a gang rape tho if the others realize what is happening & just kill her then & there.

randominternetposter
randominternetposter

This is inhumane!  Electrocution without a trial?  New world bleeding hearts will never allow this!  So maybe we need to electrocute them first.

JMorcan
JMorcan

I wouldn't visit India without a gun.

moneytintbar
moneytintbar

How safe it is in terms of radiation and possibility of explosion?  What is the cost?  Is it even practical?  Sounds like a stupid idea.

theclawnhammer
theclawnhammer

when the woman was attacked on the bus, the 15yr old boy pulled her innards out. we are not talking about sexual assault as much as we are talking about violence towards women that is not specifically designated towards their vagina but to their entire sex.  this is seen in other places worldwide, specifically the rape cultures' of the congo. its beyond just a sexual crime, which i think the media is doing a huge disservice as presenting it as just men wanting to have sex. its about power, violence, control, and how society views women as objects to destroy.  the protective underwear will not prevent the level of violence that is happening.  it would take a sea change of the culture, and in a caste system such as india were the poor or sick, or women, are not viewed in the same regard as some others in that society, underwear will not be changing it.  

einzart
einzart

Why is it that when someone does something, there are always a host of ppl whining that it won't work? This seems to be a recent phenomenon in our society. Nothing ever works in every situation and 100% of the time. Even if does work 50% of the time, its great. Having said that, its all fine and dandy to be armed with chastity belts, however its more important to learn self-defense and take precautions not to get into situations/places that pose a risk. 

beatstockpromotersdotcom
beatstockpromotersdotcom

isn't this just a chastity belt? This is nothing new. They have had these sinces dudes were raping chicks in 2000 BC

IMO1
IMO1

How will these granny panties be able to tell the difference in a would be attacker taking them off vs. the girl taking them off? If the answer is something to do with the speed, what if she just had some taco bell and has to take a mean sh!t? Just curious......

DonFairbanks
DonFairbanks

Please explain what technology has 3.8 megavolts(3800kV)  .....tazers in the U.S are around 44kV I believe.  Can't wait to hear.

et28
et28

@EukaryoteGrex I think you're right about the context & syntax of language. But it is also because in Convent schools in India- they are run by missionaries- there's a lot of emphasis on not having sex as it is considered impure in god's eyes. In fact, Chirch in Kerala recently banned Suryanelli & her family for social reasons as she was raped when she was 16 years old and has been fighting to get justice for more than 16 years now! She was raped by 40 men over 40 days and socially people alienated them as Kerala has the highest missionary influence that correlates sex and purity issues. I also read an article where they berate kids of prostitutes in so called safe houses run by Sisters as these kids are considered impure and thus almost forced to convert to Christianity to become pure again. In short, it's just kinda complex. I lived there for 9 years and I still cant understand everything. But I am glad that the young people esp urban young people are waking up and protesting against increasing crimes and corruption. 

Indian_guy
Indian_guy

@estampie If you have not dated an Indian guy, it may be your choice or you were not a choice of Indian men. For your views, This kind of crime can happen anywhere , there are rapist and bad guys in US also, they don't pop in news because these news don't get hype here.  Shall I start saying all US teenagers are like Ohio students who raped a girl after they drugged her (Ask your husband if he did the same thing in school).

As for Indian men, how about your father, he may not be like that. Its your perception and that is developed because you married an American and throw some bad words on Indian men. Don't try to typecast one thing with rest of society. 

Indian_guy
Indian_guy

 If you have not dated an Indian guy, it may be your choice or you were not a choice of Indian men. For your views, This kind of crime can happen anywhere , there are rapist and bad guys in US also, they don't pop in news because these news don't get hype here.  Shall I start saying all US teenagers are like Ohio students who raped a girl after they drugged her (Ask your husband if he did the same thing in school).

As for Indian men, how about your father, he may not be like that. Its your perception and that is developed because you married an American and throw some bad words on Indian men. Don't try to typecast one thing with rest of society. 

JackieRice
JackieRice

@estampie 

I do have to say, I like the underwear idea, it's a statement, however, someone's going to profit off of it, so... that's the only issue, who can afford this, confusing to say the least, that it's gone on this long and the region refuses to take care of their female population.  Why give birth when things are this dire for girls you know??  I could never over there.. *shudders*.  If you are in a nice area, does that then guarantee safety for the women?  I don't think so....

JackieRice
JackieRice

@estampie 

See now, the Indian men are already telling you that you don't know what you're talking about.  THIS is EXACTLY what I agree with you, we see the culture for what it is.  They underestimate females, you are 2nd to them, there is NO equality.  It may be their in laws you have to feel it from and/or just the men you are married to.  But women are second by all measure.  Their interests of the heart are not to be remotely taken seriously, nurture and care are lacking in most relationships as the marriages are somewhat or completely *reconciled*.

You are property, financial burden, or gifted, or trophy, or *supposed to be the way the culture wants*.  What self respecting, hard working woman, with REAL heart wants to deal with men who behave like the way southeast Asian cultures want you to?  Besides, it is all corrupt, what if the woman isn't religious, does that mean she is this or that??  God, it's a nightmare.  Even the intelligent males as you say, they are EGO and cultural nightmare against women!  After all, we don't really know anything do we?  We need to hear from the other gender to tell US how it is, and there you go, the society burden of women always gets ignored by the males.  They lack sensitivity, that is the key point I believe.  They are trained from early on to just be a certain way, sad...  so are the women, sucks to be repressed and deal with that  ugh

I said when I was quite young actually, I couldn't deal/bother dating/marrying someone from a third world country society/attitude such as that.  There are some that may have respect for woman (ALL women, and credit them their natural intelligence mind you, not just the *caretaking* part, *rolls eyes*, like that is ALL we are meant to be), so for them, I pity them too, because creativity and healthy bonding with females has always been lacking from these countries.

whatyoumadlady
whatyoumadlady

@estampie 

Oh do you mean Brazilian ju-jitsu or Japanese Judo? You are not only prejudiced, but also dumb as a box of rocks.

Avi
Avi

@estampie wow estampie! you 'never' dated an Indian man yet you make sweeping judgement about an entire creed. Your husband never laughs at your joke, probably because he knows what it actually means. It is not uncommon for a minority in a foreign land to secretly hope they were like the majority and somehow hate their own kind. It can actually happen the other way round too. My girlfriend who is white does not want to date or marry white men. Wired? Absolutely  Does that make all white men not worthy of a woman's love - Absolutely not. There are decent men and jerks in all races. Peace. 

lisha_347
lisha_347

Esrampie, I couldnt agree more, I am an Indian female  working in the UK and have kept well away from Indian men, it does not matter how educated or 'posh' they seem, this innate desire to opress women, I suppose, is genetically coded..I have seen it so many times, cloaked beneath the superficial layer of  politelenss and seeming care and sensitivity, all is well until they get what they want ..then you become their 'posession' for life...I can see in the UK , icreasingly that Indian women prefer non Indian men, its a good trend!

indian_in_usa
indian_in_usa

@estampie wow... and i'm an indian guy (born in the USA) who married an indian gal who told me she was a white woman cloaked in an indian body.  in many respects, she's more mexican than indian and i'm more italian than indian.  strange thing is we both share the same last name and share a similar dislike for our own kind... though at the same time most of our friends are indian.  I also have american friends who always tell me it must be cool to be indian.  'tis a wierd world!

EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@moneytintbar Unless it's truly idiotically designed, it shouldn't be emitting any dangerous radiation.  The explosion risk is unlikely to be any different than that from a cellphone, a hearing aid, or a laptop.

EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@einzart Whining that things won't work is actually a potentially valuable service - it's *useful* to detect the flaws in a product before you manufacture ten billion of the things, whether it's a taserbra or a perpetual motion machine.  That being said, the whinging I've read here (so far; maybe the rest is better) doesn't seem that convincing to me.


Self-defense and 'precautions' do not work very well - not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but counting on one's ability to wrestle (usually larger, usually stronger, often more combat-experienced, and possibly better trained) men to the ground at all times at a moment's notice is not realistic.  Expecting women to avoid situations that pose a risk is standard advice in many cultures - but the cultures that make it a woman's responsibility to hide from rapists tend to have much HIGHER levels of violence against women than the cultures that make it a man's responsibility not to rape.

EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@IMO1 The taser's built into the bra.  If she needs to take off her bra to excrete, she's got bigger problems than the potential for electroshock.

estampie
estampie

good point....they could just walk around with a tazer.  Maybe a rape app for the phone.  Just trigger a signal to the police and everyone that has the app. 

atbigfoot91
atbigfoot91

@IMO1

Voice-activated override password. And maybe she gets shocked but not raped.

IMO1
IMO1

Also, wouldn't the girl receive the shock as well?

atbigfoot91
atbigfoot91

@DonFairbanks

Lightning. It has been around a long time.

Peace_2_All
Peace_2_All

@et28 @EukaryoteGrex 

@EukaryoteGrex ----You make some very salient points.  And, when you said..."...kids are considered impure and thus almost forced to covert to Christianity to become pure again. "

Forced to 'convert' to 'Christianity' to become 'pure again' ... How absolutely nutty is that!!!! 

Poor kids...

Peace...

Sinu
Sinu

India's culture is to blame. It is a very oppressive culture where a woman is good only when she is a pleasure giver for the men. They are supposed to please the men crowd with their body, cooking, caring and nurturing. A woman of intellect and independence is in-comprehensible to indian men. Their brains cant see a woman beyond the dancing Bollywood heroines. Now one thing we shouldn't forget is that all the egoistic, oppressive indian men are brought up by their indian mothers. There is a strict code for bringing up the girls in india, but no such code for the boys. Even in rich families, Indian girls are forced to do household chores, to be behave respectfully to elders etc, all in preparation of marriage and in-laws in mind. Indian boys are not taught to do any chores. Most of them can't cook or do their laundry. They are just over pampered brats. Any wonder these boys who were watching their less privileged sisters doing the chores, imagined that they are the kings and expect to be pleased and waited on by some females. You look at a typical indian family. The man expects to be served by the wife. The son picks up that way. Change has to come from within.

Peace_2_All
Peace_2_All

@whatyoumadlady @estampie 

@whatyoumadlady --Yes, it looks like -estampie made a mistake, which you pointed out.  And, to put a finer point on it, having trained in Karate, Krav Maga, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(worked with Royce Gracie)... technically the Gracies(Helio, etc...) got their training from the Japanese in Jiu-Jitsu, as that is where the art, as far as we know, originated.  The Gracies, then put their spin on it.  Hence, the "Brazilian" or what is now basically called "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu."

Regards,

Peace...

estampie
estampie

@indian_in_usa @estampie well we share a similar dislike and a weird twist.  i think even for the men they know how screwed up it is though i'm not sure why they do nothing to change that attitude.  Instead it seems that the bad habits and behaviors that lead to the violence are encouraged.  I've met other indian women that say the same thing about dating indian men.  It was a surprise to me as for a long time I hid how i felt.

indian_in_usa
indian_in_usa

@estampie @indian_in_usa oh... it's just far to easy to flee than to change.  American society has got it's own problems... namely the growing gap between rich/poor, increasing levels of stupidity and lack of values.  would rather focus on those issues.  I may be Indian by name and appearance, but I'm American first.