Launched on the 88th birthday of the late Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, the ‘Sena For You’ or ‘S4U’ app, which was meant to help keep women safe, seems to be getting no attention from the party.
The app kept crashing when this reporter tried to use it as well
Introduced on January 23, 2014, the app was aimed at helping women in distress by sending alert messages to the numbers registered by them. A few women who downloaded the app recently said it is nothing more than a showpiece.
To verify the claims, this mid-day correspondent downloaded the app. However, the application either crashed or froze the device every time he tried to register the contact details of the people to whom the distress message would be sent.
When contacted, Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale the brainchild behind the app admitted that the app may not be functioning properly since it hasn’t been updated. Shewale assured he would contact the firm that developed the application and ensure that it gets updated at the earliest.
“I will ask the company to update the app. We’ll also publicise it and I will also write to the Chief Minister, requesting him to spread awareness about the app, so that women across the state can use it for their safety,” said Shewale.
How the app works
>> Download the app from Google Play (It is currently available only on Android handsets)
>> Register your contact details, and those of your family and friends up to 10 numbers can be registered
>> In case of emergency, shake the phone twice, vigorously, or click the power button four times
>> This action will send an alert message to the registered numbers that you are in danger
>> The app was also supposed to be upgraded to get the provision of alerting the nearest police station
I read about the app and decided to install it, but it froze every single time I tried to open it and register. What’s the point of launching an app that doesn’t even start?
The Sena had promised that the app would send messages to the numbers registered by the user. Despite several attempts, I haven’t received any confirmation message saying that I’m a registered user