In Chandigarh, engineer-in-themaking Manisha Mohan has developed what she believes is the perfect way to deter a would-be rapist-a bra designed to deliver a powerful electric shock, severe enough to burn.
Manisha, currently pursuing a B.Tech. in automobile engineering at SRM University in Chennai, came up with the antirape lingerie with two fellow students – Rimpi Tripathi and Niladri Basu – as a reaction to the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi in December 2012.
The high-voltage undergarment is fitted with a pressure sensor connected to an electric circuit, and has been specially calibrated to ensure that it is not accidentally activated.
The bra, named SHE (Society Harnessing Equipment), can also send a text message with the victim’s GPS coordinates to a relative or friend and the local police station, Manisha said.
“The device for triggering the electric shock is placed in bi-layer fabric, which ensures insulation for the wearer. There is also a self-actuation switch so that the wearer can activate it in an unsafe environment,” she said.
The 21-year-old said she came up with the garment because she felt it was her “moral responsibility” to do something to prevent crimes like the Delhi gang-rape which traumatised the entire country.
Asked if she also believed that women would readily take to her unique bra, Mohan said: “I’m personally working on it. Let’s see how it works out.”
Mohan and her fellow students Rimpi Tripathi and Niladri Basu are working on making the bra more practical.
They also want to incorporate Bluetooth technology to link the bra to a smartphone app.
Manisha has been selected for the prestigious ‘Innovation Scholars In-Residence’, a 20-day programme to be hosted by the Rashtrapati Bhawan from July 1.