If the authorities catch you taking selfies at the tourist spots mentioned above, you will have to pay a fine of up to Rs 200 or, as per reports, you could face up to a month’s jail term. The death toll from selfies had started becoming a cause of concern for the district authorities, with several incidents of people falling from hills while photographing themselves.
To prevent such incidents, Additional District Magistrate TK Damor issued a notification to make tourist places in Dang a ‘no selfie’ zone, the report said. As per the notification, violators will have to undergo a jail term of 1 month or a fine of up to Rs 200. Every year, Saputara is visited by many tourists during the monsoons and the crowd increases considerably. This hill station also has dense forests and many waterfalls.
A 2019 study by India’s Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care showed that selfie deaths are a serious issue in India, which found that between October 2011 and November 2017 selfies caused more shark attacks than shark attacks. Killed five times more people. In this period, only 50 people were killed in shark attacks, compared to 259 people who died while taking selfies. The report also said that with increasing penetration of smartphones and the craze for selfie-sticks, the number of deaths has increased every year. This is a big problem not only in India but in many other parts of the world including Russia and the United States.
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