Mumbai Creates No-Selfie Zones to Forestall Additional Deaths

Police in certainly one of India’s largest cities are clamping down on individuals dying for a selfie, following a spate of lethal incidents.

The transfer was prompted by the current dying of a faculty scholar who was swept into the ocean whereas trying to take a self-portrait together with her cellphone at a well-liked vacationer attraction. A person making an attempt to save lots of her additionally drowned.

Mumbai Creates No-Selfie Zones to Prevent Further Deaths Mumbai Creates No-Selfie Zones to Prevent Further Deaths

Individuals take 'selfies' on Marine Drive promenade in Mumbai on June 15, 2015. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP – Getty Photographs, file

"After the unlucky incident we now have determined to determine sixteen spots the place taking selfies may be harmful, however we might add extra," Deputy Commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni advised the Guardian. "We have now written to the municipal company to place some warning indicators up at such factors. We would like them to deploy some lifeguards additionally."

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The "no-selfie" zones embrace common pageant websites, seashores, and vacationer points of interest, along with a bumped-up police presence.

On a worldwide scale, India has the very best variety of selfie-associated deaths, with 19 since 2014. Mumbai’s new laws are in keeping with steps taken by different nations to discourage harmful photograph-taking. Japan outlawed selfie sticks at practice stations in an effort to cease individuals from falling onto the tracks.

Officers Pamplona, Spain banned selfies on the metropolis’s annual Operating of the Bulls pageant. Throughout final yr’s violent storms, a British security group warned, "We perceive the temptation to view highly effective tides and climate circumstances, nevertheless, in case you get caught up or swept out to sea in these occasions your life can be in danger in a short time."