A tool that helps you identify whether or not your drink is spiked should be a welcome to the array of weapons that a woman today has to carry. From her high-heeled shoes, to her keys, to pointed nails, pepper spray, alarm, there is a lot a woman has to carry along with her so that she is not harmed
Four undergraduate students at the North Carolina State University have invented the nail polish that can detect date rape drugs inside a drink. In fact, an Indian-American student Ankesh Madan is also part of the team who invented this nail polish called 'Undercover Colours'.
It is an ideal tool that arms a woman with knowledge of what she is walking into. How much ever, people may judge, were this product to come into the market, a lot of women can make better informed decisions. When the product was announced, a lot of women said it was wrong to put the onus of their safety on women. But think about it, isn’t it empowering to think that with this it will serve as a warning to women.
All a woman has to do, is to stir the drink with her finger. The nail polish will change its colour if it comes in contact with commonly used date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax or GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).
The company is marketing its product with the tagline- 'Choice Matters: The First Fashion Company Empowering Women to Stop Sexual Assault'.
A visit to the website leaves you with the sense of the determined direction the team is working in. Though based in the US, it is but evident that this project can solve a lot of women’s problems. Listing statistics, the website states 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. This unthinkable problem has reached epidemic levels on college campuses. And something must be done about it. Power must be handed back to women in what is a devastatingly powerless situation.
This is the need of the hour, since India has also seen cases where women have been picked up at bars and pubs only to wake the next day and remember nothing. In some cases women have even filed cases/ complaints of having been raped or their drug spiked.