The Mumbai Police has declared 15 "dangerous sites" as "no selfie zones" in the city after a teenager drowned recently while tring to take a selfie.
The financial capital's police have declared Bandra Fort, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty beach, Bandra Bandstand, Sion Fort and Worli Fort â€” popular tourist places â€” among others, as no selfie zones. Clicking selfies here has been prohibited over safety concerns.
Last week, two teenage girls had fallen into the sea while clicking selfies at the Bandra Fort. A wave hit them from the back and they lost their balance. A man who tried to save them also lost his life, though he saved one of the girls.
"The police will now approach the city's municipality to prevent accidents at such spots due to people taking selfies. The municipality may deploy life guards and install warning signs," Mumbai Police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni told BBC.
Maharashtra had earlier declared the site of the Kumbh Mela as a no selfie zone as it slowed down crowds and increased chances of a stampede. Signs saying "No Selfie Zone" had been put up in Nashik.
In March 2015, seven youngsters had died in Nagpur when they fell into a lake while taking a selfie.
In November 2015, a 14-year-old boy had died while trying to take a selfie sitting atop a stationary train wagon. He suffered 80% burns as he got electrocuted when he came in contact with a 25,000V overhead electrical wire.