Teen dies after shooting himself in head while taking selfie with dad’s pistol

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An Indian teenager has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while posing for a selfie with his father’s gun.

Ramandeep Singh, 15, was posing for a photograph with his elder sister on Friday night when he pulled the gun’s trigger instead of clicking the photograph.

He was taken to a private hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab after neighbours heard the gunshot and alerted his parents, who were not home at the time. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

The gun, a .32-calibre pistol licensed to Ramandeep’s father Gurkirpal Singh, was usually kept in a wardrobe in the house, according to police chief Manoj Kumar.

“The boy’s father and family said that he was trying to take a selfie with his gun,” said Mr Kumar.

The incident is the latest of several deaths in India to result from taking a selfie, a craze that has been fuelled by Bollywood celebrities and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.

Around half of the 27 recorded deaths worldwide resulting from self-taken photographs took place in India last year.

So far this year, a man in Kerala was gored by an irate elephant while posing for a selfie at a temple in April, and a teenager in Chennai was killed by a train after posing near railway tracks.

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Indians have also been killed falling out of boats, off cliffs and into canals in recent months.

Mumbai has set up 16 “no selfie zones” at popular but dangerous locations after a tragic accident claimed two lives in January.

India overtook the US this year to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market, with 220 million users, behind only China.

India’s gun laws allow citizens to buy firearms with a government-issued licence, although the process is expensive and difficult. There are six million registered guns in India, and up to an estimated 40 million illegal firearms.

Source: The Telegraph 

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5 Comments

  1. These a big lesson for all that do selfies not everything you see is touchable .. I dont even know what push these poor boy to such extent that he pulled the trigger.. RIP

  2. A food for thought!!! Parents and Guardians should learn to keep these dangerous weapons away and limit or guide our young ones from watching crazy videos that corrupts their imaginations.

  3. Basically, this is a classic example of the negative influences of Social Media, Violent movies and games as well as personal firearms! Is there a lesson here?

  4. What a pity, the poor boy just killed himself for nothing, the father had done well by putting the gun in his own wardrobe. I think that should be a lesson for them even if they want to do as the rest of the world are doing, they should take selfies with sense.

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