Published: 23rd May 2017
Telangana teenager creates rape- prevention footwear that electrocutes attacker, sends signal to police, family
Siddharth Mandala, a class twelve student in Telangana state, with the help of a friend develops a rape- prevention device called Electroshoe, after concerted experimentation
JThe Nirbaya incident shook the country and brought to the fore the prevalence of rampant violence against women. For some though, the impact lasted for longer like for 16-year old Siddharth Mandala who was only 12 when the incident occurred.
The young Mandala, from Telangana, would accompany his mother on a number of rallies that took place after the incident, even though he did not quite understand the whole thing. "The people at the rallies were so emotional and made such moving speeches. So, even though I couldn't fully comprehend what was happening, it left an impression," the 16-year old said.
I tried to think of different devices, but it was either too idealistic and impractical. Finally, with the help of another friend, I decided on footwear
Siddharth Mandala Student
It is because of this experience that Mandala spent almost four years on and off working on a device that could prevent rape and has finally successfully managed to do so- a device called Electroshoe. Like the name suggests, the device is a shoe that has the ability to electrocute the molester when attacked.
The device inflicts 0.1 amperes of electricity and also sends an alert to the cops and family members as well, this is made possible by a circuit board that used footsteps to charge itself, a concept called "piezoelectric effect"
Mandala says that he has been into coding and programming since he was 11 and has always been bubbling with ideas for various devices including a creation that could prevent car accidents but after the Nirbaya incident, he wanted to create something that would prevent rape. "I tried to think of different devices, but it was either too idealistic and impractical. Finally, with the help of another friend I decided on footwear," he explained.
The device inflicts 0.1 amperes of electricity and also sends an alert to the cops and family members as well, this is made possible by a circuit board that used footsteps to charge itself, a concept called "piezoelectric effect". "It's a concept I learned in Physics, so basically the more the user walks, the more energy is generated and stored in a rechargeable battery," the young man said.
Towards rape- prevention: Telangana teenager invents a rape- prevention device
The experimentation caused quite a few injuries too Mandala says, including his cousin sister. "I myself have been electrocuted twice and my friend also suffered a nose bleed," he said.
When he realized the dangers of causing injuries during experimentation, he thought it best to seek the help of experts and managed to get in touch with a few via social networking sites. "Some I kept spamming so much, they stopped responding to me but some really helped me realize my idea properly," Mandala said.
Mandala has filed for a patent and is still working on a few aspects of the footwear, "Presently it is only in the flip-flop footwear, so need to expand this to sandals and shoes as well and I'm working on that. After that, I hope to find a manufacturer for the footwear, so it can be available to everyone," the 12th grader said.
Stopping rape- victimization: Telangana students experiment and invent a device to stop rape- victimization
Future plans? "I've started applying to computer science degrees here and abroad. Eventually, I want to be doing what I'm doing now. Creating devices that will help prevent crime and protect people," he said.