Dhanbad, Jan. 11: It’s a sound equivalent, pun intended, of a pepper spray to keep men on the prowl at bay.
A Dhanbad entrepreneur has invented a pocket-friendly safety device for women that lets off a piercing alarm when its lever is pulled. Rudra Narayan Mukherjee (30) displayed his portable siren at a function on Friday held at Gandhi Seva Sadan before traffic DSP P.C. Jha, Dhanbad mahila thana officer-in-charge Kanta Kumari and others.
“The Delhi rape death shocked and disturbed all of us. I’ve developed anti-burglary and bike theft alarms before and I thought of using the same principle to make a gadget that is lightweight and can fit inside a lady’s purse. A woman, if she fears danger, has to pull the attached lever to set off the alarm and alert others,” Mukherjee, distributor of a private mobile service provider by profession and inventor by choice, said.
The unassuming 12cm by 5cm gadget weighs around 100gm. Two pencil-sized 12V batteries supply direct power for the alarm. The cost: Rs 300. The price of an average lipstick, he added.
It packs quite a punch, though. “The sound is high-pitched and lasts continuously till the batteries last or the lever is put back. It will definitely alert people to come to the woman’s aid,” said the inventor, who has an arts degree from Vinoba Bhave University.
Traffic DSP Jha praised the gadget for its “simplicity”. “If a woman is in danger, she is panicky and can’t use complicated safety gadgets. This just needs a lever pull to emit an alarm,” he said.
Mukherjee added that in certain dangerous situations it is not possible to scream. “The mouth may be gagged or the woman may be too scared to shout loudly. The gadget is useful in those situations,” he said.
The inventor also visited SSLNT Women’s College Dhanbad, the lone constituent college for girls in the district, with mahila thana OC Kumari. He demonstrated the potable siren before principal Kiran Singh and teachers.
“The principal liked my potable siren. She has invited me for a demo next week,” the inventor said.
The siren won’t be sold over the counter but Mukherjee said he would supply it to individuals or institutions on demand. “I’ll apply for a patent,” he smiled.
Going by the sound of it, he had better start assembly-line production.