Newly wed, family drown while trying to take a selfie


Newly wed, family drown while trying to take a selfie
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A newly married woman and three of her family are reported to have drowned in a reservoir after trying to take a selfie.

According to police in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the young married couple, from Bargur in Krishnagiri, were visiting relatives in Uthangarai along with the bridegroom’s sister when the incident occurred.

The BBC reported that the three entered the water together with three teenage siblings to take the selfie.

One of them, a boy aged 14, slipped and dragged his two sisters aged 18 and 19, the newly married woman and the bridegroom’s sister.

The woman’s husband was able to save his sister but the other four disappeared under the water.

Police said the bodies were later recovered and that post-mortem examinations would be carried out.

This, according to BBC, was the latest in a series of tragedies linked to selfies in India.

India has the highest number of recorded selfie deaths in the world.

It is accounted for about half of the 259 reported fatalities between 2011 and 2017, according to a study by the US National Library of Medicine. It was followed by Russia, the US and Pakistan.

Experts have warned that people are taking unnecessary risks to impress their family and friends on social media.

In Haryana state in May, three teenagers taking selfies on a railway track jumped out of the way when they saw a train approaching, only to be killed by another train coming in the other direction.

In 2017, the Indian state of Karnataka launched a campaign to warn people that “selfies can kill” after the deaths of four students.

The same year, a man died in Odisha when an elephant he was taking a selfie alongside wrapped its trunk around him and crushed him.

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