WhatsApp might soon turn into a national security tool

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Published Sep 11, 2014, 7:12 pm IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 5:28 am IST
You can report complaints against crime via WhatsApp
(Photo: AP)
 (Photo: AP)

Mumbai: WhatsApp, a widely used social media platform might soon become the right hand of the police department of India. The Police department in India is trying to maximize the use of WhatsApp for national security.

The Lucknow police has launched the WhatsApp complaint tool to receive complaints about the traffic offences like not stopping at the red light, rash driving and driving without a helmet on two-wheelers. In order to curb instances of eve teasing, it also plans to connect the WhatsApp mobile number to the helpline-1090.

 

The GRP is also planning to use WhatsApp as a way of keeping a track on ticket collectors, coach attendants and vendors selling food products on railway stations.

The Mumbai Police also formed several WhatsApp groups to help people report about the area-specific acts of crime like eve teasing, chain-snatching etc. Even the Delhi police launched a WhatsApp helpline number to curb corruption in the police department.

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