In wake of the drowning death at Bandra which took place when 3 girls were clicking selfies, the Mumbai police have begun a process of identifying spots mostly near beaches and forts in the city to ban selfies. As per sources, after the spots are identified they would be writing to the Brihanmumbai municipal corporation (BMC) to put up required posters and help police in implementing the ban.
“As of now we have not identified any spot where people will not allow clicking selfie. But it is in the process and we are planning to spread awareness through social media. As of now we have not written to any agency but shortly we would begin the process,” said Mumbai Police spokesperson, DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni.
As per sources, spots in Bandra, Mahim, Juhu, Colaba, Marine Drive, Sion, Worli, Gorai among others are being identified as the once which could cause trouble and are likely to be banned for taking selfies. While the police would be roping in BMC to create awareness and also to enforce ban, more importantly the police would be initially using their popular social media handle on twitter @MumbaiPolice and CPMumbaiPolice to create awareness and to inform people about the proposed ban.
This is all a fallout of January 9 incident when around 11am, 18-year-old girl Tarannum Ansari had gone to Bandstand with two of her classmates, Anjum Khan, and Masturi Khan, 19 for a picnic. Ansari and her friends, both girls, were standing on the edge of a rocky patch around 50 meters inside the Bandra Fort clicking selfies. Ansari slipped while she was taking a selfie with her two friends. Ramesh Walunj, a driver by profession, was passing by from near the fort when he noticed cries for help near the fort. Walunj ran towards them and dived in to save the girls. He managed to bring two girls, Anjum and Masturi and after leaving them on ashore, he went in the water for Tarannum to save her but was not successful. Walunj body was found on Monday while Tarannum is still missing.
Last month a Pakistani man died in Rawalpindi after being hit by a fast-moving train as he tried to take a selfie with it while standing on the track.
In May last year a Russian woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a selfie with the weapon.
And US investigators in February said a pilot’s repeated snapping of selfie photos caused a small plane to crash, killing both people on board.