(RNN) – Three engineering students at SRM University in Chennai have invented a set of electrified underwear to help prevent rape.
The "anti-rape underwear" is designed to shock rapists and alert a victim's family of the sexual assault.
The underwear, called Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE), deploys a 3,800kV charge to anyone touching the outside of the underwear while protecting the wearer with a polymer lining.
It can shock an attacker up to 82 times.
The bra of this underwear set is equipped with GPS tracking device that can notify cops and family members in real-time in the event of an attack.
"A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated, and the GPS and GSM modules would send an SMS (to police) as well as to parents of the girl," Manisha Mohan, who helped develop the product, told The Times of India.
The students hope that this product will allow Indian women to go out and about by themselves without fear of a sexual assault.
The team wants SHE commercial ready by April.
"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," Mohan said.
This invention comes four months after the Delhi gang rape of a 23-year-old student in December sparked outrage across the country, leading to a wave of protests.
India's president later approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty.
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