They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

Clay Curtis
October 9, 2019

According to the BBC, the group of six were holding hands and standing in waist-deep water when one slipped, pulling the others in, too.

According to CNN, the new bride died along with her family members Sneha, 22, Kanniga, 20, and Santosh, 14. Their bodies were later retrieved and transported to Uthangarai Government Hospital.

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.

The incident is the latest in a series of deaths linked to selfies in the country, with experts warning that people are risking their lives to impress their friends and family on social media. Leaping out of the path of an approaching train, they were killed by a train coming in the other direction.

In 2017 three students taking selfies on a railway bridge in the southern state of Karnataka were killed after being hit by an express train.

In September that year, a man was trampled to death by a wild elephant as he tried to take a selfie with the animal in the state of Odisha, The Hindustan Times reported.

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Some of the road blockages have affected petrol deliveries, leading to fuel shortages in parts of the country. Once inside they waved flags and chanted slogans before being forced back by security forces using tear gas.

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.

"Selfie-related death was defined as any accidental death that occurs while doing self-photography or clicking selfies", said the authors led by Agam Bensal.

India accounted for more than half the global total, with 159 reported selfie deaths since 2011.

A base jumper takes a selfie over a city in this undated photograph. We also classified reasons for deaths due to selfie as risky behavior or non-risky behavior.

A family outing to a dam in India ended in tragedy on Sunday after four people drowned after trying to take a selfie, according to multiple reports.

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