Published on : Friday, July 7, 2017
The study between March 2014 and September 2016 shows that 60% of all the “selfie deaths”, where a person dies while trying to take a picture of themselves, occurred in India. a collaborative study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi revealed that the country was the backdrop to 76 of the 127 reported selfie deaths in the 18 month period.
To make the tourists aware of the situation, Mumbai police are considering a proposal to designate 15 particularly dangerous sites in the city as ‘selfie-free points’.
Deputy Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Paramjeet Dahiya said in a press statement that they deploy police protection near the sea when the tide is high or the weather is rough so that tourists don’t go near it to take pictures.
Outside of India, a dangerous trend of bear selfies was reported in 2014 in the US, which led to the US Forest Service warning against the dangerous practice.