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You Can Now Be Penalised For Taking Dangerous Selfies in Moradabad

An alarming increase in ‘selfie-deaths’ has prompted the civic body to ban such acts as a precautionary measure. 

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In a bid to check the rising number of selfie-related deaths, the Moradabad city police has launched a new campaign to penalise those who click selfies in unsafe places like railway tracks, highways and tall buildings.

Selfies have become a craze among the youth today. In a bid to make their selfies unique, they go to dangerous extents. This endangers their own lives and that of others . This is in keeping with Section 336 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with the act of endangering life or personal safety of others.
Ashish Srivastava, SP City, Moradabad

The penalty will also be slapped on those who upload such selfies, police said.

According to a joint study by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D) and Carnegie Mellon University, USA, India tops the list of countries with selfie-deaths. Out of a total 127 such deaths reported between March 2014 and September 2016, 76 were from India alone.

In January 2017, two students lost their lives after getting hit by a train while attempting to click a selfie on the railway track in Delhi.

Also Read: School boys hit by train in Delhi while taking selfie

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