Mumbai Establishes Banned Zones In Response To Selfie Deaths

Mumbai Establishes Banned Zones In Response To Selfie Deaths

Normally taking a selfie whether inside or outside is a seemingly safe activity—until selfie takers fail to pay attention to their surroundings.  The Mumbai government seeks to cut down on amount of selfie-related deaths and injuries via no-selfie zones.

The ban comes as India has seen two young selfie-related deaths at the start of the year with both resulting in drowning. Last year saw several deaths attributed to the trend. The country counts for the majority of deaths (40-percent overall) documented by Priceonomics since 2014.

Mumbai Establishes Banned Zones In Response To Selfie Deaths

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The law bans people from taking selfies in locations that the Mumbai police believe are high risk areas such as places without safety railings, train platforms, maybe even busy streets. The ban covers 16 zones and those caught taking selfies in these zones will pick up a Rs1,200 fine (a little over $17).

Mumbai plans to run PSAs and other content to warn citizens about the dangers of selfies in such areas.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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