Category: Current Affairs
Published on Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Death by selfie is not usually a very common way to go, but it has already happened to a couple of people around the world, and recently, an incident in Mumbai persuaded its officials to designate 16 spots as “selfie-free” zones. It is better to be safe than sorry.
The places that have been erected with “No Selfies” signs in Mumbai are big tourist destinations like Bandra bandstand where a man died after jumping into the Arabian Sea to rescue three girls who fell into the choppy waters while attempting to take selfies.
37-year-old passerby, Ramesh Walanju, heroically jumped into the sea and managed to save two girls but when he went back for the third, he was pulled further into sea by the tide, and his body washed up on a nearby creek a few days later. The third girl's body still remains to be found.
“After the unfortunate incident we have decided to identify 16 spots where taking selfies can be dangerous, but we may add more,” deputy commissioner, Dhananjay Kulkarni, said.
Besides putting up warning signs in these 16 spots, the commissioner has also requested to deploy some lifeguards at these areas to look out for anyone engaging in dangerous selfie activites. Police patrolling the selected areas have also been briefed to warn people against taking selfies, the deputy commissioner said.
Just last month, a Pakistani man died in Rawalpindi after being run over by a fast-moving train as he tried to take a selfie while standing on the track. In May last year, a Russian woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a selfie with the loaded weapon. And US investigators in February last year are under the suspicion that a small plane probably crashed because the pilot was repeatedly taking selfies, killing him and his lone passenger.
Please exercise caution while taking selfies, people. Your life is worth more than likes on your instagram pictures.