Selfie-Related Deaths On The Rise
Over the past few months, reports of deaths while posing for a selfie have been circulating all over the world. Just recently, an Indian boy died after he allegedly posed for a selfie with his father’s revolver.Advertisement
The 15-year-old was rushed to the nearest hospital but later died of severe head injuries on Sunday, BBC reported.
In India alone, several cases of deaths due to selfie have been reported in recent months. In fact, a report from the Quint, citing data from Priceonomics, shows that India topped the list of countries with the most numbers of selfie-related deaths, with 49 deaths since 2014. Russia and the United States trail behind.
According to the report, the average age of individuals who died while attempting to capture a pose was 21; a quarter of them were males. The problem of selfie-related deaths in India is so severe, local legislators have made it illegal to pose for selfies near a train, the Times of India reported.
The report noted that anyone caught taking a selfie near a train could be apprehended by the personnel of the Government Railway Police and booked for attempting to commit suicide or public nuisance, which both carry jail time.
“From now on, if anyone is founding taking a selfie close to a moving train or on the railway track, the act will be treated as an attempt to commit suicide, and they will be booked. They may even be jailed for endangering their lives and that of others,” Raj Kumar Gautam of the GRP Agra division was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
But the growing problem of selfie-related deaths is not unique only in India. Cases of the same nature are happening all over the world. According to a report from the Mirror, a few weeks ago, two teenage girls fell to their deaths after taking a daredevil selfie in a cliff in Baja California, Mexico.