The governments of two Indian states have started warning tourists of the dangers of taking selfies at certain attractions.
The country’s Ministry of Tourism issued a directive to state governments “to prevent any untoward incident” by setting up so-called “selfie danger zones” at tourism sites.
And the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra have already complied, by setting up selfie warning signs at dangerous sites.
India has seen several selfie-related deaths in recent months. In January this year, a 20 year-old man fell to his death while taking a selfie from the top of the Reasi Fort at Jammu & Kashmir, and a 20 year-old female student drowned in Mumbai when she was swept away by waves while taking selfies on the coast. Most recently, a 22 year-old student fell off a cliff while taking a selfie in Tamil Nadu.
Many of India’s selfie deaths have involved young people falling from waterfalls or cliffs, or being hit by trains, while attempting to take the perfect photo.