The government on Tuesday made it mandatory for all mobile phones sold in India to have a panic button starting 2017.

The Gazette of India notification dated April 22, said from January 1, 2017 no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell in India:

“The feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘numeric key – 5’ or ‘numeric key – 9’ to invoke emergency call and the smart phones without the facility of emergency call button 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.”

Source: Businesstoday