Indian selfie deaths: Four drown in reservoir in Tamil Nadu
Indian selfie deaths: Four drown in reservoir in Tamil Nadu
India has the highest number of selfie deaths followed by Russia the United States and Pakistan. ICHPL Imaginechina
09 October, 2019, 16:21
A 20-year old newlywed and her 25-year-old husband were visiting relatives when they, along with four other family members, made a decision to visit the Pambar dam in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, People reports.
The newlyweds and the groom's 20-year-old sister Yuvarani stood alongside three teenage siblings in waist-deep water near the Pambar Dam to pose for a picture. Authorities say the lifeless bodies were later recovered and autopsies will be carried out.
According to the US National Library of Medicine study, India has the highest number of "selfie deaths" in the world, followed by Russian Federation, the US and Pakistan.
A study of such deaths published last year found India with almost half of the 259 confirmed cases across six years, but they also were reported in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.
The other top countries were Russian Federation, the United States, and Pakistan.
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India is something of a hot-spot for selfie deaths, according to an investigation into the phenomenon a year ago. The more mobile phones there are, the more deaths, with what the paper describes as an "exponential increase" in recent years. The high number of selfie-related deaths in India was attributed in part to the country having a high share of the world's population of 30-year-olds or younger. Another 36 percent of the deaths occurred in the 10 to 19-year-old age group.
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"The most common drowning incidents include washed away by waves on beach, capsizing of boats while rowing, clicking selfies on shore while not knowing how to swim, or ignoring warnings", the study said.
"Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky places where selfies should not be taken", the authors conclude. A project called selfiecity has established that women take more selfies as compared to men.
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