Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Shocking New “Anti-Rape” Undergarments
Posted on  April 9th, 2013
by Justina Tran

According to The Daily Beast, a few engineering students from SRM University in Chennai, India have invented undergarments that are supposed to prevent rape and other unwanted sexual advances. Manisha Mohan, Niladri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi are the innovative students behind the creation of the “anti-rape” lingerie.

On their website, the students stated, “The lawmakers take ages to come up with just laws and even after that, women are unsafe. Hence, we have initiated the idea of self‐defense which protects he women from domestic, social and workplace harassment.”

Accordingly, because of the gang rape in Delhi case as well as another incident involving the rape of a Bangalore BPO worker, the students felt compelled to take matters in their own hands by creating a solution after society failed to act quickly and effectively.

The undergarments are named Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE) which, “have been wired with pressure sensors and equipped with an ‘electric-shock circuit board,’ which delivers up to 82 electric shocks when the garments detect unwanted force. Using a GPS system, the undergarments can also apparently send an alert to parents or police.”

The GPS system is both a smart and nice touch!

Moreover, student Mohan told The Times of India: “I have approached a friend in National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to help me find the right kind of fabric for the product so that it can be washed.”

Currently, the main concern regarding SHE are its accessibility to consumers because of the cost and complexity of the production and engineering of the garments. The students plan to begin “commercial rollout” during this month.

Here is a picture of a SHE prototype:

I commend the students for creating SHE and looking out for those who are harassed and wish to protect themselves from sexual assault. At the same time, it’s a disappointing fact that we must resort to such extreme measures—undergarments that administer a strong shock and alert authorities—to prevent rape. Nevertheless, I hope that SHE works as it is intended and that there will be less cases involving rape or sexual assault.

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