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News Entry# 380947
Apr 20 (23:47) Mumbai, stop those dangerous train selfies, now! (

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A single selfie may take all of five seconds, but at times, you pay for it with your life. The ubiquitous self-photo has been at the root of mishaps and fatalities ever since it came about, but no one seems to learn from it. The city has had its share of cases involving dangerous ‘monsoon kill-fies’ or deadly selfies at Marine Drive and other spots in the past. And the recent case in Mumbai, where a teenager has been left critical after being electrocuted while taking a selfie on a train, has spiralled the issue to the forefront once more. This 14-year-old is for fighting for his lifeIt was a single click and a seemingly harmless prank for Khushal Bheda, a resident of Malwani in Malad, last Sunday. He was playing at the Jogeshwari yard with his friends, when he spotted a train nearby. He climbed to the roof to take...
a selfie, where he came into contact with an overhead wire and got electrocuted. His friends reportedly left the spot in complete panic. Khushal, who was shifted to a private hospital, reportedly suffered 80 per cent burns and is critical, say police. Railway police issues stern warning over it The Government Railway Police (GRP) rushed to the spot and took Khushal to the hospital. Says Hemant Bawdhankar, senior inspector CSMT GRP, “Youngsters, who often indulge in such acts atop a train, don’t realise that it is considered to be an offence, as per the Indian Railway Act, Section 156. An awareness needs to be created amongst commuters, so that they can immediately alert authorities when they see a youngster taking a selfie on a train, or stop him from doing so. Climbing on any train — halted or not — can result in electrocution. In January, a boy who was trying to catch hold of a kite, climbed atop a train in CSMT and got electrocuted when a wire touched him.” He adds that the railways is doing its bit to warn people from indulging in such stunts. “We have continuous audio warnings on in every train. Announcements also warn against standing on footboards for selfies, but it is still ignored. A few cases have been registered at Wadala and Vashi. Having said that, people taking train selfies are less than before, it was way higher before.Offenders do not realise that once the video or picture goes viral on social media, we find them out and take action. We want to appeal to everyone, especially youngsters, from taking such selfies as it is extremely dangerous to life. Anything dangerous to life should be avoided at all costs.” Youngsters obsessed with social media are going to extreme lengths in the quest for reckless selfies. Taking selfies on railway tracks, at the edge of the platform or on rooftop of trains is dangerous and is also a punishable offence. People should strictly desist from such acts. One may not only lose his own life, but also cause agony to others— Sunil UdasiChief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway‘If your online ‘likes’ determine your self-worth, you are hooked on to endless selfies’ In a world governed by social media, peer pressure can be toxic. Says Dr Samir Dalwai, developmental pediatrician, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, “We now see four-year-olds taking selfies all the time. Trouble is, if you start at this age, it can get addictive, just like the habit of smoking. It becomes difficult to get rid of this habit, which grows into the teen years.” He elaborates further, “The selfie is trying to show the world, ‘the beautiful me’, where one is trying to get appreciation from others. In an increasingly isolated world, devoid of human connect and social communication, if the ‘likes’ on your social media accounts determine your self-worth, you get hooked on to endless selfies. Once in a while if you wear a nice shirt and take a photo it’s fine, but if you get atop a train for a selfie, it’s being reckless.” He highlights another hidden danger. “When you just lean out of a train, you may see a pole near you, but when you are taking a selfie you are shutting off all your danger antennae. While taking the picture, you don’t realise how far out of the edge you may have gone. Similarly, the boy who just got burned may not have noticed the electrical wires that he touched, as his attention was diverted to the phone.” ‘Kids want to say how they are different or more daring than others’Psychiatrist Dr Pavan Sonar adds, “It stems from a need for being famous fast. Kids want to notch up ‘likes’ and show how different or daring they are from others with their selfie stunts. And they develop an inferiority complex when they get lesser or no ‘likes’. Taking high risks also increases dopamine in the brain, which makes you feel this is a great task. What augments the danger is when people drink, do drugs and then take selfies — that is deadly! Six months ago, a youngster drove at more than 100 kmph for a snapchat video. He crashed and died. It was all for that ‘acknowledgement’, which cost him his life.”He also says parents and teachers need to counsel their kids. “It is crucial to talk about social media risks at schools and colleges. Open discussion and dialogue is the need of the hour. While the older generation may not take selfies or relate to them, it is they who play an important role in conveying the dangers to the new gen,” he adds. Other cases of the reckless selfie quest T Siva from Hyderabad ignored warnings as he took a 21-second-long video standing in front of a fast-approaching train and suffered head injuries. In 2018, a selfie video showed a group of teenagers performing dangerous stunts on Mumbai locals and even snatching a mobile from a commuter standing on the platform. It had gone viral. In Hyderabad last year, gym trainer T Siva ignored warnings as he took a 21-second-long video with a train approaching him. In the video, you can hear a clear voice from a person warning him as well as repeated blaring of the train horn. He continued filming, saying “one minute”. The train struck him hard and he suffered head injuries. In October 2017, three teens got run over by a train while trying to take a selfie in Karnataka. Two teenagers were also killed while taking selfies on the railway tracks in Delhi. In 2014, Sahil Chandrakant Eshwarkar, 14, from Mumbai, got electrocuted while attempting a selfie from a train rooftop.
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