After the drowning death of an 18-year-old girl and a man who tried to save her last week, authorities in Mumbai, India have taken drastic steps by banning selfies from being taken at 15 sites, including many popular tourist attractions.
Sadly, we have seen an increasing number of deaths due to people placing themselves in dangerous and often illegal situations in attempts to get noteworthy shots. Last week, three young women from the suburb of Bandra attempted to take a selfie near the Arabian Sea, when all three of them fell into the water. Ramesh Walanju jumped into the water, saving two of them, but tragically, one girl drowned, and Ramesh himself succumbed to the rough waters.
Moving quickly, Mumbai authorities have now banned taking selfies along the Marine Drive Promenade, Girgaum Chowpatty Beach, Bandra Bandstand (a seaside promenade), and many other locations deemed to be hazardous. Warning signs, lifeguards, and police enforcement will now be enacted to enforce the ban.
Sadly, this is but one incident in a long and ever-growing string of such deaths. Last year, Russia launched a campaign to educate the public on safe selfie practices, coming on the heels of some particularly appalling accidents, including the deaths of two men who posed for a selfie while holding a live grenade with its pin removed. As social media continues to grow at an ever-quickening pace, it's more important than ever to consider safety and common sense when trying to get "the shot."
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