Mumbai police have delegated 16 spots around the city as no selfie zones, and police are patrolling the areas ready to make a move against anyone they see partaking in the popular act. But while some may think it’s a clamp down on civil rights in a conservative country, the truth is much different.
The rule was established to save your life.
The reason stems from some recent deaths that occurred when visitors were taking selfies by some popular tourists destinations, including the iconic sea-facing Marine Drive promenade and the popular Girgaum Chowpatty beach. There are mixed stories about the matter: Some say it had to do with a young girl who drowned in the sea while taking a selfie last week, others say it was a man who died while trying to save her. The Telegraph offers this explanation, which feels a bit more in-depth than some of the other reports:
In the latest tragedy, three female teenagers fell off rocks into the Arabian Sea near the famous Bandra bandstand while taking selfies.
A taxi driver who was passing by jumped into the water and saved two of them. But he was then swept away by the rough seas and the body of the 18-year-old is still missing.
Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni told the BBC that the places where taking selfies was risky included Bandra Bandstand, Sion Fort and Worli Forts.
No selfie zones have been created in other places for safety reasons as well. The Disneyland theme parks no longer allow selfie sticks on site, and Yellowstone National Park issued a warning about taking selfies with bison after five people were gored.
Patrolling officers won’t necessarily arrest you, but if they spot someone taking a selfie in one of these areas they will offer a stern warning. There’s no word what will happen if the tourist ignores the signs and warning.