Grannus app, an official app from Grannus organization for Women Safety is working on the simple principle of shout-by-thumb. Grannus working principle is simply a replacement of traditional shout by mouth method for asking help with digitalized Shout by Thumb method for asking help. 

The mobile app for women safety works by following simple steps

1. If Woman feels unsafe in public place, she will activate help button in Grannus app

2. Once she has activated help button, any 5 people who are 500 meter to 1 km nearby to her and who has registered themselves as volunteer for woman safety, will get message in their Grannus app. They will receive message along with her real time movement on Grannus-Google integrated map

To make it further simpler to explain you, please check below sub sections:

How to join Grannus Group of woman safety

Step 1: Download the Grannus app from Google play store

Step 2: You will be asked to join as volunteer for women safety.

Step 3: If you want to join, then click on YES otherwise you may click NOT NOW. (We request both Men and Women to join. If you wish, you can also change the setting later).

Please note if you want to join as volunteer for women safety, then you must have to follow some instruction, the link of which given at the end of article.

(Simplifying those instructions in one line, you are joining as volunteer only to help the women to get out of the threat. What to do with culprit and how to catch culprit is to be decided by the women helpline team or police force. As Women safety group volunteer, our only objective is woman should be safe. Further, if you find the location is unsafe for yourself then just wait for women helpline or police officer to arrive. Your safety is first because if you are safe, then you can ensure safety to other! Please check in details)

How a woman can ask for help

Step 1: Download the Grannus app from Google play store

Step 2: You must have to make trusted contact list in Grannus app. You can set your
family members as well as your close friends in this list. At least one contact
you have to add. As compared to other app where you can add 5 contact as trusted contact, in Grannus app you can add upto 200 contacts.

Step 3: Now whenever you feels unsafe (remember the word unsafe only!), you have to just click the woman safety button in Grannus app and activate it.

After activating the help button, three actions happen simultaneously;

1. Randomly any 5 people who are nearby 500 meter to 1 km to you will get your help request. They can see your current location as well as your real time movement on Grannus-Google integrated map. 

2. List of people in your trusted contact, will get the same request.

3. A call can be placed to either women helpline or police officer as per your wish.

4. Recording of surrounding voice will be started till you click I AM SAFE button.

Each people, who has received your request message are able to see your movement on google integrated map till 12 hours or till you click the “I am safe” button on Grannus app. Therefore once you are safe, do not forget to press, I AM SAFE in Grannus app. It may also happened that the volunteer who has received your help request have forwarded your location to police officers and they can also see your location.  

How you can help a woman

If you have joined as volunteer and if a woman nearby to you has activated help button, then there is a chance that you may receive her message for help. 

You will receive the message in your app inbox.  You will have four options.

A: Sure: If you press sure, it means you are going to help her. That woman will also be notified for your acceptance.

B: Get location: once you click on Get location, you can see her exact location on google integrated map. You can also see her real time movement on map. She will be notified that you have checked her location. 

C: Feeling Sorry: If you are not going to help her at that time, do not worry. Immediately, that request will be transferred to other person who is nearby to her.

D: Share location vial Whatsapp: If women safety team or police officer asking for her location, you are able to share her location via Whatsapp. They can also see her location till she clicked “I AM SAFE” button.

Once you have decided to help her, you should take the support of nearby people around you. You must have to  inform 100 number before going to location.  With the help of nearby people, you should go to the location and help the woman to get her out of danger. Your responsibility is just to help he woman only. What to do with culprit or how to catch culprit is not your responsibility. As a good citizen, we can help women helpline team or Police officer to find the culprit. If it is possible for you than just hold the culprit till women helpline team arrives. But if you find it unsafe for you,
then do not hold culprit. Let the women helpline team to do their job.

To join the women safety group or not is your choice. However we suggest each men and each women should join this group. If you are not able to go for help, then it’s ok, but you can pass the message to other people who are surrounding to you.

Further before joining as volunteer there are some instructions which must to follow
while helping woman. Please click on below link.

Instruction to ask help or to provide help to women in distress

Digital women safety group of Grannus – New initiative of Digital India

Please note that Grannus organization is providing just a social platform for people of our country to help each other in various kinds of emergency. How to use this platform depends on your level of understanding.

This is just replacement of traditional “Shout-by-mouth” method with “Shout-by-click” method. Whatever the outcome may observe while asking for help or providing for help in “Shout by Mouth”, same can also observe while asking for help or providing for help in “Shout by Thumb”.

So do it as per your good level of understanding. Grannus team is not responsible for any consequence.

Please note that whenever volunteer click on Get Location button, it will be recored in Grannus database also.

If you are using Grannus app in a social manner, then it can solve the women safety related issues of our society.

Click here to download app from Google play store

Jay Hind