Killer selfie from Bengaluru shows one student drowning while his friends click pictures
This hair-raising incident occurred in the pond of Ramagondlu Betta of Kanakapura of the Ramanagara district, which is 40kms from the Bengaluru city.
It's clearly a sign that the entire country, especially the young, are becoming increasingly obsessed with social media and are in a race to be the first one to post that selfie on Facebook and everywhere else.
In an extremely shocking incident, a selfie taken by a group of students from Bengaluru shows one of their friends' drowning in the background as his other friends are frantically posing to get that selfie right.
Yes, that's right. This hair-raising incident occurred in the pond of Ramagondlu Betta of Kanakapura of the Ramanagara district, which is 40kms from the main city.
The student, Vishwas, was 17-year-old and belonged to National College, Jayanagar. Vishwas and his group of friends were swimming in the pond when all of them decided to click selfies.
His friends were unaware of the mishap and didn't realise that Vishwas was drowning in the background. Vishwas's father is an auto-rickshaw driver while his mother is a housewife.
According to the police, a group of 25 students from the NCC (National Cadet Corps) were visiting the place for trekking and had taken permission from the teachers to swim in the pond.
Superintendent of police of Ramanagara, Ramesh Banoth said, "The students were looking into the mobile for the selfie when Vishwas drowned. They had gone to Ramagondlu Betta around 2 pm. They got into the pond and started swimming, ignoring a sign put up by the grama panchayat indicating danger."
While the group was taking pictures, Vishwas lost his balance and was stuck in the silt. However, no one realized until they all came out and found that Vishwas was missing.
Vishwas’s father Govindappa and other parents staged a process outside the college and have also has filed a complaint alleging negligence against the college.
"Govindappa filed a complaint alleging that negligence by the National College management cost his son his life. We registered a case of unnatural death, based on the complaint, and may register a case against the college management if a probe confirms their negligence," a police officer told the Times of India.
Here are some important selfie safety tips that aren't only helpful for kids and teenagers, but also for you as published in a previous article. Make sure to keep these things in mind when taking selfies:
- Never show or post any personal information online. These clues can be used by criminals to track them.
- Make sure that your children are using the correct privacy settings whenever they post photos.
- Never take selfies while driving, or in dangerous places like on top of a building. No selfie is worth the risk.
- Your child or teen should never post anything on social media that they don't feel comfortable sharing with other people.
- Make sure that you know what photos your kids are posting online. If you see that they're sharing inappropriate or unsafe photos, talk to them about it.