In light of the infamous December 2012 bus gang rape and murder of student Jyoti Singh, 23, a group of enterprising engineering students in India was inspired to create what they hope will be a decisive deterrent to rape in their country for the future: Electrified lingerie.
They are calling it Society Harnessing Equipment, SHE, and it emits an electric shock of up to 3,800 kV (more than a cattle prod and less than most stun guns) to anyone that touches the outside, while protecting the wearer with a polymer lining, “A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated,” said co-inventor Manisha Mohan, a student at SRM University.
These anti-rape underwear, which may be available for purchase as soon as April 2013, can administer shock up to 82 times and have a built-in GPS that contacts police in the event that they are triggered. Its inventors are hoping to be able to interface it with smart phones and blue tooth as well, and are studying how to make it washable and more compact.
It’s a sad state of affairs when science has to intervene to protect one half of the population from the other, but since statistics show that a woman is raped in India every 20 minutes, maybe electric underwear is an idea whose time has come.
Dr. Sonnet Ehlers of South Africa, a country that also has a serious problem with rape, invented the closest thing ever to an actual vagina dentata: a female condom (inserted by the woman as a precaution) barbed with tooth-like spikes that dig into the rapist’s penis during the commission of the act and don’t let go. It can only be removed by a doctor.