Sexual assault against women is a really big problem in India, as hardly a day goes by without a case being reported in the media.
Until authorities decide to take it seriously and adopt a proactive approach, an 18-year-old boy is trying to help women fight back against aggressors by literally giving them the shock of their life.
Siddharth Mandala spent years working on the "ElectroShoe", a type of anti-sexual assault footwear that electrocutes attackers by inflicting 0.1 ampere of electricity while also alerting police and family members that the wearer is in danger. All the wearer has to do is kick the perpetrator.
"To accomplish this, I created a unique circuit board that uses footsteps to charge itself with the help of a concept called the 'piezoelectric effect' which I learned in my physics class. The more the user walks, the more energy is generated and stored in a rechargeable battery", Mandala said.
The ElectroShoe is still in it's developmental stage and is not available to purchase just yet.
Mandala has a few kinks left to work out and he still has to find a way to make the invention work with shoe styles other than flip-flops, but he has filed a patent and plans to market the ElectroShoe soon.
In the meantime, Mandala has become very enthusiastic about pursuing an education and subsequent career in science and technology in order to keep creating innovative crime-prevention products.