Published: 31st October 2018
5 deadly selfies: Here's why more than 40 per cent of selfie-related deaths happen in India
In the light of the recent incident where an Indian couple fell off a cliff to death while attempting to click a selfie, here are a few similar incidents that occurred in the past
A quick look at Vishnu Vishwanath and Minaxi Moorthy's Instagram page @holidaysandhappilyeveraftersis is all you need to boost your mood. It wouldn't be wrong to say that they have totally redefined #CoupleGoals for all the travel freaks and Potterheads. They walked through mountains, beaches and in between cherry blossoms — their life was just picture perfect. But what went wrong was a mindless decision to click a perfect selfie on a cliff at California's Yosemite National Park when the duo fell to their death.
Wonder click: Minaxi dressed as wonder woman
Cliff photos weren't alien to this couple who were bitten by the travel bug. Look at Minaxi's photograph, where she's dressed as Wonder Woman, standing on top of a Manhattan cliff or the couple's selfie where they're standing on a mountain near the Niagra falls or the click where Minaxi is sitting on the Grand Canyon. But sometimes, things that we do for a perfect selfie wouldn't really be a safe option.
Did you know that of the 160 selfie-related accidents incidents recorded in the world, 65 of them occurred in India? Also, 66 cases had Indians involved (Minaxi and Vishnu were Indians who lived in the USA).
Here are five selfie-accidents that shocked us recently:
May 3, 2018, Odisha
Prabhu Bhatara, a native of Nabarangpur in Odisha attempted to click a selfie with an injured bear inside a forest, only to get mauled by the animal. He was reportedly warned by his friends against doing so. Bhatara died on spot.
January 24, 2018, Telangana
T Siva, a gym trainer tried to take a selfie video with a running electric train but was hit by the moving train. Even though he was asked to move as the train approached him, he ignored the warnings.
September 2, 2017, Odisha
Ashok Bharti from Rourkela was keen to click a selfie with a wild elephant, while the forest officials were trying to chase it back to the herd. Bharti was crushed to death.
August 26, 2017, Tamil Nadu
M Dileepan, a Class XII student was celebrating his 17th birthday when he climbed on top of a railway coach at Tambaram Railway Station to click a selfie. He came in contact with a live wire and was thrown off. He succumbed to burns and injuries a few days later.
July 26, 2017, Maharashtra
Yogesh Gawli, an 18-year-old was washed away by a high tide, when he tried to click a selfie at the beach.
We're not asking you to not click photographs or selfies. But before you take the next one, make sure that you're safe and do not ignore the warnings.