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Mumbai bans selfies, says they’re ‘too dangerous’

The city is clamping down on the 21st century’s deadliest trend

Selfies are killing us all. They’re getting us shot in the face, struck by lightening, and set on fire – so much so, that, according to recent research, they’ve officially become more deadly than sharks. It’s little wonder that Russia have been forced to release a government-issued “safe selfie” guide. People want the likes. People need the likes. People will, quite literally, die for the likes.

India is the latest country to clamp down on this issue. In the wake of several selfie-inflicted deaths, the city of Mumbai is now hoping to ban the act across its major tourist locations – with authorities currently eyeing up a number of problem areas.

“We have decided to identify 16 spots where taking selfies can be dangerous but we may add more," said Dhananjay Kulkarni, a spokesperson for Mumbai Police. “We have written to the municipal corporation to put some warning signs up at such points. We also want them to deploy some lifeguards also.”

The enforcements are being discussed after three girls accidentally fell into the sea near Bandra Worli Sea Link – one of the problem areas – on Saturday. Tragically, while two of them were saved by passerby Ramesh Walunju, one of them has not yet been found – with Walunju ultimately drowning himself while trying to save her. 

“The police will now approach the city’s municipality to prevent accidents at such spots due to people taking selfies,” Kulkarni added.