NEW DELHI: Three youngsters had been killed whereas taking selfies on a railway observe in India, the nation which researchers say has the worst document for selfie-related deaths.
A fourth youth managed to leap to security earlier than the accident in Panipat metropolis within the northern state of Haryana, a police officer told AFPWednesday.
“The victims had been busy taking selfies and after they noticed a practice approaching they jumped to a second observe with out realising one other train was approaching that,” M S Dabas told AFP.
“Certainly one of them saved his life as he jumped on the opposite facet of the observe.”
The group had come to Panipat to attend a marriage. Two of these killed had been 19 years previous and the third was 18.
Consultants warn that children obsessive about social media are going to excessive lengths with the intention to publish selfies seen as daring and dangerous.
A examine final 12 months by researchers from the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences mentioned 259 individuals internationally had died whereas taking selfies between 2011 and 2017.
The best variety of incidents and selfie deaths had been reported in India adopted by Russia, United States, and Pakistan, the examine mentioned.
In 2017 three college students had been killed on a railway observe in southern Karnataka state, whereas a person died in Odisha after an elephant wrapped its trunk across the man and crushed him to loss of life as he tried to take a selfie with the animal.
Final 12 months Railways Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to warn individuals towards risking their life for the sake of pictures.