Leading up to the new year, Mumbai police featured several different selfies on Twitter of its officers with the people of their communities. Using the hashtag #selfiewithmycop, it was a fun and lighthearted way to connect to the community, but after a tragic accident, and in preparation for an upcoming Hindu festival, the police force in Mumbai is changing its tune.
We've told you before how something as innocent and simple as a selfie can have harmful, even fatal consequences. There's the people who were injured while trying to take a selfie with a bison and the man who was killed by a train while trying to take a quick pic on the tracks, and the teenager who died after trying to pose for a selfie with a loaded gun. In fact, you're more likely to be killed taking a selfie than you are by being eaten by a shark.
The latest incident to join that lengthy list took place on January 3 in Mumbai, India, when an 18-year-old-girl died after she fell into the Bandra sea attempting to take a selfie with two of her friends. She fell in with two of her friends, and a passerby jumped in to help. He was able to help rescue two of the girls, but was washed away and his body was found two days later, washed up in a creek bed. The other girl's body has yet to be found.
In response, police in Mumbai have created "no-selfie zones" throughout the city, including popular tourist attractions like Marine Drive promenade and Girgaum Chowpatty beach. Other areas include Marine Drive, Juhu, Mahim, Colaba, Sion, Gorai and Worli.
There are 16 areas in all that are labeled with posters as selfie danger zones. The city is also considering adding active life guards to these highly-populated tourist areas to help prevent further tragedy.
A similar effort was carried out last year during a Hindu festival where worshipers ritually bathe in the sacred Godavari river. "No-selfie zones" were set up for fears of stampedes. One was reported, however, killing 27 people. It was not selfie-related.