Mumbai considers 'no selfie zones' after drowning

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 - 10:30

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Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have identified 15 places where taking selfies "can be dangerous".

The places include the iconic sea-facing Marine Drive promenade and the popular Girgaum Chowpatty beach, both major tourist attractions.

The decision was taken after an 18-year-old girl drowned in the sea while taking a selfie last week.

Last year, authorities imposed a "no selfie zone" at a Hindu festival due to fears they could cause stampedes.

Signs saying "no selfie zone" can be seen around the two festival sites in the city, which is the capital of Maharashtra state.

In September a Japanese tourist died after allegedly slipping down the stairs while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal monument in Agra.

Last year, the Russian government reportedly launched a campaign to make young people think twice before snapping selfies in risky situations.

In May, a 21-year-old woman survived accidentally shooting herself in the head while posing for a selfie with a gun in Moscow. There have also been several cases of children being electrocuted while taking selfies on top of railway carriages in Russia.

In August, a man in Spain was gored to death by a bull while taking a selfie at the annual bull running festival in the town of Villaseca de la Sagra.



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