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A women safety helpline dead since 2017 lives on through misleading Facebook posts
Posted On : Thursday, June 13, 2019, 5:29 PM
Facebook posts publicising a helpline number for women travelling alone at night in auto-rickshaws and taxis, are misleading, as the number has been defunct for several years now. The text of the graphic, which includes a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asks women travelling alone at night in autos and taxis – to send an SMS to the number 9969777888 following which the vehicle will be tracked using GPRS, the message claims. The post refers to an actual helpline created by the Mumbai Police in 2014 but which was shelved in 2017 as it failed to take off, thus making the message redundant and misleading. The number, in fact, no longer exists. The same message was debunked in 2016 by the official Twitter handle of the Delhi Police and by the Bengaluru City Police two years later.