The introduction of front facing camera in smartphones gave rise to a new trend of ‘selfie shooting’ – taking own picture by oneself. It is a fun, of course, but it gets dangerous when over enthusiasm comes into play. The selfie becomes killfie!
A number of incidents have already been reported around the world where selfie shooters met fatal accidents. The latest unfortunate incident reported from Jaranwala, Pakistan where a person capturing selfie along a railroad side lost his legs.
Police confirmed that a person named Shahid Hussain, resident of Mohallah Islampura, was taking a selfie at railroad side when he accidentally slipped and fell on the rail track. Within seconds, an approaching train ran over and crushed both of his legs. The victim was quickly taken to Tehsil Government Hospital Jaranwala for surgery.
Another story of a girl who lost her life taking a selfie happened earlier this year in Multan. According to police, 25-year-old Samreen, who was waiting for Tezgam Express at Multan railway station, tried to capture selfie with another moving train was hit and lost her both legs and arms. She was moved to Nishtar Hospital in Multan but she lost her life due to the head injuries.
Shockingly, Pakistan takes the second place in the worldwide killer-selfie rankings with nine deaths, according to a study published by US-based Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Innovation Delhi. In the meantime, India topped the list with 76 selfie deaths.