A rape-repellent bra will shock you…literally.
Three engineering students in New Delhi, India have created a bra that shocks and burns potential attacker.
The trio were inspired after the gruesome gang rape and murder of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, nearly two years ago.
They call the bra SHE or Society Harnessing Equipment. It comes equipped with GPS, pressure sensors and a mobile communications system so if the wearer is attacked it will shock the attacker (up to 82 times!) and sends an alert to the parents and police.
False alarms are possible, but the creators say the bras are designed and calibrated to prevent this. The force of a hug, for instance, won’t create a shock, and there’s an on and off switch that a woman can use when she’s traveling through a dangerous neighborhood.
They predict that SHE will be ready for mass production by sometime this month.
Now the chances of a bra actually driving down the number of attacks and rapes against women may be slim. But at least they’re doing something to protect women, because clearly something needs to be done.
According to the United Nations, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Then looking here in the United States, a rape is reported every 6.2 minutes. 1 in 5 women will be raped in her lifetime and 1 in 71 men will be raped in his lifetime. These are just the rapes that we know about. 54% of rapes will never be reported.
Now those statistics are shocking!
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.