Indian minister says avoid taking selfies, showing stunts near railway tracks


India’s railway ministry has urged people in the country to avoid taking selfies and making stunts near railway tracks, officials said Friday.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a message urged people to avoid such acts, saying that he was disheartened by the accidents which happened while people were taking selfies and stunts in the last few days.

“I urge all of you not to risk your lives, instead, channel your energy in more productive areas and help in building a New India,” Goyal said.

A couple of videos emerged within the week on the social media where youth were seen making stunts and taking selfies and endangering their lives.

Selfie craze has taken several lives in India and the world.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information, Delhi, reported that
across the globe, India witnessed far more selfie deaths than any other country between March 2014 and September 2016.

According to a collaborative study, “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterising and Preventing Selfie Deaths, of the 127 reported selfie deaths, 76 happened in India.

Commenting on the psyche behind this fad, clinical psychologist Salma Prabhu said, “The craze is indeed too much, not just in youngsters but also adults.

Capturing an element of thrill and posting immediately on Facebook, Instagram or SnapChat is the mantra.

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