“9969777888”-Mumbai police launched free SMS helpline for women travelling alone

The Mumbai Police launched a free SMS service for ensuring safety of women traveling alone or in odd hours. Under ‘Travel Safe When Alone’ initiative, any women before taking an auto rickshaw or taxi could message the registration number of the vehicle to a dedicated helpline number 9969777888.

  • Objective: This message service would act as a deterrent which would discourage taxi and auto drivers from taking to crime.
  • The service is very useful in detecting a case, in case the woman traveller goes missing.
  • Police will keep the track of the vehicles that the woman is taking and would get her location through GPS.

The service is jointly started by the Mumbai Police and MTNL i.e. free-of-cost.