Student engineers have created unusual equipment to prevent rapeFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Every 2 minutes, a man or a woman is raped around the world. But students in India are hoping to change that.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Every 2 minutes, a man or a woman is raped around the world. But students in India are hoping to change that.
3 student engineers have developed what they call anti-rape underwear.
Ann Burnett-Director of Women and Gender Studies: "It's just sad all the way around."
It's GPS-equipped, strapped with wires and carries a device to alert the police.
Burnett: "It kind of reminded me of back when, when women were asked to wear girdles."
It's name? Society Harnessing Equipment.
Burnett: "We are in a society where, in order to really feel like you're safe, you've got to wear a full night-gowny, looking thing."
The idea came after a 23-year-old woman was brutalized, raped and killed. An act, not unheard of in parts of India. So, the trio created this. They call it, an instant solution.
Deputy Chief Pat Claus-Fargo Police: "I am happy to see where anyone is thinking outside the box to provide more options for victims to protect themselves a very violent and heinous crime."
The wiring sits between the breasts and is said to be completely safe for whoever is wearing it.
If touched, the electric lingerie would send 3,800 volts surging through the attacker.
But back at home, is this too extreme?
Claus: "I'm hoping that in our day and age, a simple yell of help in our community, will draw attention."
Across the nation, someone is sexually assaulted every 14 minutes. Here, in the metro, gang-rape is uncommon. Gender Studies director says a tool like this may not be necessary.
Burnett: "I give them credit for being very creative, but it's not very feminist."
And that, education is the key to preventing such a horrible crime.
The Society Harnessing Equipment is still in its pre-production phase. The engineering students are waiting for their patent before releasing their prototype.