In wake of rising incidents of selfie-related deaths, Union Government has issued notification to the states seeking identification of ‘selfie danger areas’.
The move comes as the first attempt to curb a growing craze for the perfect shot that has led to several fatalities in the country in recent times. A report in The Hindustan Times says that advisory ahead of the Independence Day was part of security measures for the celebrations but will remain in force.
The report says that at least 54 people have died in the year 2014 in attempt to get a perfect self-shot mobile photograph or selfie.
As per reports, the Tourism Ministry has started sending out the notification to the state tourism departments asking them to identify the spots prone to accident, while taking selfies. The states have also been instructed to install ‘accident prone areas’ like signage warnings to the tourists and barricading the areas wherever possible.
The letter signed by tourism ministry additional director general has even recommended deployment of volunteers at such areas. However, some states like Maharashtra and Karnataka — have already started identifying selfie danger zones. Earlier this year, Mumbai police department marked 16 selfie danger zones in the city.
Last year, India recorded highest number of fatalities due to selfies 15 of 27, says a report on Huffington Post.