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Indian Scientist At MIT Creates Sensor To Prevent Rape Even If Victim Is Unconscious [WATCH]

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| July 31 , 2017 , 14:29 IST

As rapists target children, senior citizens and the inebriated, prevention measures are still focussed on protecting the stereotypical women. However, a new technology to prevent sexual assault has been developed by Indian scientist Manisha Mohan at the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which can be easily used by anyone.

Mohan has developed a sticker-like wearable sensor that can be attached to any piece of clothing and when the clothing is removed, the sensor can distinguish whether the person is being forcibly disrobed or is undressing by her/his own will.

If the sensor detects sexual assault in real time it will quickly alert nearby people as well as the family and friends of the victim to seek help.

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Since the sensor monitors clothing directly, it can detect signs of an assault even when the victim is unconscious or not in a position to fight the assaulters such as minors, disabled, and intoxicated victims.

An integrated Bluetooth connected to a smartphone app would first trigger a loud noise to alert people nearby and send out distress signals to pre-defined family members or emergency services.

The wearable sensor has two modes, in passive mode, the user is assumed to be conscious and can set off the loud alarm or distress call by touching a button when they encounter a threat, and in the active mode, the sensor independently seeks signals from the external environment.

In the active mode, if somebody disrobes the victim, a message is first sent to the linked smartphone to confirm if the act was done with consent. If there is no reply in 30 seconds, the phone will emit a loud noise. If the victim does not stop the alarm with the requisite password in the next 20 seconds, distress calls are directly sent to family or friends along with the current location of the victim.

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A former engineering student in Chennai, Mohan revealed her inspiration for the device.

 “Female students on campus were not allowed to work beyond certain hours. You were expected to be back in your dorm by 6:30 pm. Instead of asking them to remain indoors I think we should provide more safety for them,” she said.

The technology can seamlessly integrate with existing clothing to respond to initial signs of assault such as forced disrobing, researchers said. “The proposed solutions aim to combat child sexual abuse, college campus assault and abuse of elderly and disabled,” they said. “We don’t need body guards, I think we should have the ability to protect ourselves,” said Mohan.