A newly married girl and three teenage members of her household drowned in a reservoir in India whereas attempting to take a selfie, authorities mentioned.
The 20-year-old girl, recognized as V. Nivedha, and her husband G. Perumalsamy, 24, have been visiting family members in Uthangarai within the state of Tamil Nadu over the weekend, The Hindu newspaper reported.
The couple, each from Bargur in Krishnagiri, have been married final month.
The newlyweds and the groom’s 20-year-old sister Yuvarani stood alongside three teenage siblings in waist-deep water close to the Pambar Dam to pose for an image.
One of them, a 14-year-old boy named Santosh, slipped and dragged his sisters Sneha, 18, and Kanniga, 19, in addition to the newly married girl and the groom’s sister into the water.
The groom managed to drag his sister to security, however the different 4 disappeared beneath the water. Their our bodies have been later retrieved and transported to Uthangarai Government Hospital.
The incident is the most recent in a sequence of deaths linked to selfies within the nation, with consultants warning that persons are risking their lives to impress their family and friends on social media.
It comes after three youngsters taking selfies on a railway observe died in Haryana state in May.
They had jumped out of the way in which once they noticed a prepare approaching, solely to be hit by one other prepare coming in the wrong way, in keeping with the BBC.
In 2017, the state of Karnataka launched a marketing campaign to warn that “selfies can kill” after 4 college students died in two incidents linked to selfies.
In September that 12 months, a person was trampled to loss of life by a wild elephant as he tried to take a selfie with the animal within the state of Odisha, The Hindustan Times reported.
India has the very best variety of recorded deaths linked to selfies on the planet, adopted by Russia, the U.S. and Pakistan.
India accounted for round half of the 259 selfie fatalities reported from October 2011 to November 2017, in keeping with a examine by researchers related to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences final 12 months, whose findings have been revealed within the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.
Drowning, transport deaths and falls have been the highest causes of deaths linked to selfies, in keeping with the examine.
Agam Bansal, the examine’s lead creator, informed The Washington Post final 12 months: “The selfie deaths have become a major public health problem.”
Bansal mentioned he was involved about how lots of the selfie-related deaths concerned younger folks. The examine discovered that greater than 85 p.c of the victims have been between the ages of 10 and 30, he mentioned.
He additionally famous that though the act of taking a selfie is not harmful, it turns into so when folks take dangers to get the proper shot.
“If you’re just standing, simply taking it with a celebrity or something, that’s not harmful. But if that selfie is accompanied with risky behavior then that’s what makes the selfies dangerous,” he mentioned.