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‘Safetipin’ Identifies Unsafe Spots for Women in City

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KOCHI: The students of Sacred Heart college has prepared an audit report of the areas in the city which are unsafe for women. The report was prepared using the app ‘Safetipin’. It concludes that security of women is at risk in some of the main spots in the city, including Thevara, Karikkamuri, Elamkulam, Shenoys, Marine Drive, Ernakulam South and Vennala.

The safety audit report was released at the college on Friday. Sacred Heart College principal Fr Prasant Palackapillil handed over the audit review to Muhammed Rafeeq, DCP (Administration and crime).

The app, ‘SafetiPin’, is a map-based free mobile safety app which uses crowd-sourced information to prepare safety audits. Users and professionally trained auditors can provide safety-related information in the app.

It consists of a set of nine parameters that together contribute to the perception of safety in a region. Each audit using the app results in a pin on the specific location where the audit was performed. It also records the time and date of each audit.

The event was jointly organised by Sakhi Women’s Resource Centre and SH School of Communication. Police authorities, lawyers, corporation officials, Kochi Metro representatives and students shared their concern at the function.

Corporation Town Planning Standing Committee Chairman K J Sohan stated the need of such ventures like ‘Safetipin’ for safer cities and pledged support for the implementation of such projects in the city.

Babu Joseph, Director of SH School of Communication, Shana Susan Ninan, Surakshitha Kochi Programme Coordinator, Mini Dileep and Seena Teacher, Corporation Councillors, Anna M, Safetipin programme coordinator, Rejitha, representative from Sakhi,Beena Sebastian, Cultural Academy for Peace, and Jyothi Narayanan attended the event....Article Source....Newindianexpress.com