Vrindavan, 2017.08.10 (VT): Many visitors to Vrindavan are infected by the “selfie craze”. Obsessed with taking the perfect “selfie”, people can tend to lose consciousness of their surroundings. Some even stand with their backs to the altar trying to take selfies with Shri Radha and Krishna, blocking other people from taking darshan and violating temple rules in the process.
Selfies can also end in tragedy.
On Wednesday afternoon, two sisters visited Barsana’s Sriji Mandir with their family. After having darshan of Radharani, the girls were taking selfies on the balcony of the temple which is situated on top of an enormous, rocky hill called Brahmachal Parvat. While taking the selfies, both girls lost their balance and fell from one of the temple turrets, landing almost fifty feet below.
Both girls are in critical condition.
At least 54 selfie-related deaths have been reported in India alone since 2011, although the real number is believed to be much larger.
In 2014 a 14-year old boy in Kerala died from electrocution while trying to take a selfie on top of a train. The next year in Kosikalan, three students in their twenties were hit by a train and died while trying to take a selfie on the railroad tracks. Earlier this year, 48 people were injured while trying to take selfies in front of a burning building in Chennai.
An extensive list of selfie-related deaths can be viewed here.