"Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women... from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018 mobile sets should have also GPS inbuilt," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement.

An official notification dated April 22, said, "With effect from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell in India... Feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing 'Numeric key – 5' or 'Numeric key – 9' to invoke emergency call".

Further, it said that no smartphone should be sold in India without the facility of emergency call button. This button should function in a manner that by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession.

"With effect from January 1, 2018, no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell the new mobile phone hand set in India without the facility of identifying the location through Satellite based GPS," the notification said.  At present, only smartphones come with inbuilt GPS system.

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