Selfie with speeding train lands Hyderabad youth in hospital
25 Jan 2018
Selfies can kill. There were as many as 127 selfie-related deaths globally during March'14-September'16; more shocking is that 76 of them occurred in India.
But people still don't seem bothered. A Hyderabad youth, around 22-years-old, tried to click one with a speeding train.
He ended up in the hospital after being hit by it and is reportedly critical. Here's what happened.
The stunt that sent the youth into hospital...
In videos that have now gone viral, the man, identified as Siva, is seen posing for a selfie near a railway track in Bharatnagar as a Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train approaches.
Someone, purportedly railway staff, is heard warning him, but he ignores and puts on a wide smile while posing.
The train comes and hits him. People present rushed him to the hospital.
...And also got him booked for trespassing!
Siva suffered multiple injuries on his head and hands. Not only did the stunt endanger his life, but it even brought him a police case: he has been booked for trespassing under Section 147 of the Indian Railways Act.
In India, many have drowned, been hit by trains
There have been several selfie deaths reported in India. In January'16, a girl fell into the Mumbai sea while clicking a selfie. The city then identified 15 "risky" locations for selfies.
Last July, two boys drowned in UP's Kosi. Twelve others were rescued.
In January'17, two died in Delhi after getting stuck between two trains coming from opposite sides while they clicked selfies.
Indians aren't very concerned about safety
A Samsung survey revealed Indians use cellphones recklessly: 60% two-wheeler users said they answer calls while riding and 70% pedestrians reported answering calls while crossing roads.
Almost 15% pedestrians admitted to taking selfies in the middle of the road while crossing it, sometimes more than once a week.
55% respondents want cellphone manufacturers to use technology to prevent misuse of mobiles on road.
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