Mangaluru: POSH Committee Holds Awareness Programme on Mobile App for women’s safety at FMMC

Mangaluru: The committee for Prevention Of Sexual Harassment (POSH) of Women held an awareness programme on the recently launched mobile App for women safety at the Decennial Hall, FMMC Hospital premises here, on July 11.

The programme began with an invocation. HOD of POSH, Padmaja Uday Kumar welcomed the gathering.

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Addressing the mediapersons, Police Commissioner S Murugan said, “At the outset, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to this wonderful institution for inviting me on this occasion and expressing their concern towards the students and the members of the institution in a unique way. The concern, love and affection that we have towards our colleagues and towards the general public who approach us, can be expressed through such actions.”

He further said, “This App is one of the better working mobile applications because I regularly get feedback through the App. There are many people who send a lot of texts and pictures through this application. The idea is to ensure that information which is necessary to the public is made available to them without much effort. This application ensures that young children can send their location to any specific person, family members, relatives or friends, during the time of crisis. It can be downloaded by anyone from the internet and is very useful for the general public. It is free of cost and everyone is requested to download the App and make use of it.”

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Edison Roy, a member of the technical team involved in developing the Mobile app,  briefed on the functioning of the App, mangalorecitypolice.

Director of FMCI, Fr Patrick Rodrigues said, “Few years ago, security personnel of this hospital caught a man who had stolen a gold chain. He denied stealing it. Later, when he heard that he would be taken to the police station for investigation, he returned the chain to the owner because he did not want to go to the police station. During those days, the relationship of the public with the police was different. The public saw the police as someone to be avoided, and feared them. Now the times have changed, police are more friendly and helpful to the public, they often remind us that they are here to protect us. This app has been extended to the general public, and not just to women and children. Even the elderly people can use the app when they are in crisis.”

Fr Rudolp, Dean of FMMC Dr Jayaprakash Alva and others were also present. Associate Professor of Psychiatric department, Dr Asha delivered the vote of thanks. Dr Reena compered the programme.

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