More People Are Dying From Taking Selfies In India Than Anywhere Else

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Kate Brown
Everyone loves to take a good selfie every once in a while, but if this list is any indication of the one place you shouldn’t be taking selfies, it would be India.

Everyone loves to take a good selfie every once in a while, but if this list is any indication of the one place you shouldn’t be taking selfies, it would be India.

According to the Washington Post, “Of at least 27 ‘selfie related’ deaths around the world last year, about half occurred in India, reports show.”

With the rise of these “selfie deaths,” India’s government is taking steps to ensure that some measures are taken to avoid these needless deaths.

These measures first started to appear after a horrible accident last year in which three girls attempted to take a selfie and fell into the sea near the Bandra area. One of the girls drowned, while the other two were saved by a passerby who jumped in to save them, only to lose his own life in the process.

"The police will now approach the city's municipality to prevent accidents at such spots due to people taking selfies. The municipality may deploy life guards and install warning signs," Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni told the BBC.

In fact, a few “no selfie zones” started popping up in certain areas of Kumbh Mela, a massive Hindu religious gathering, because organizers feared that the bottlenecks caused by selfie-takers would lead to stampedes.

While India’s selfie-loving Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, might be encouraging this new digital-age form of self-love, these “no selfie zones” could be the answer to fewer selfie deaths and injuries — something everyone can get behind!

Banner Image Credit: Reuters

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