Ramandeep Singh, 15, died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while posing for a selfie with his father’s gun.
The incident occurred in Punjab’s Ludhiana on April 29 night when Ramandeep pointed the licensed .32 bore revolver to his head and tried to take a selfie on his mobile phone.
Instead of clicking the photo, he pulled the trigger of the revolver.
When the incident occurred, his parents were not at home. He succumbed to his injuries on May 1.
The revolver belonged to Ramandeep’s father Gurkirpal Singh, who is a property dealer.
Pathankot Deputy Superintendent of Police (City) Manoj Kumar said the part of the blame obviously goes to the father for not keeping his loaded gun under lock and key at their home.
The selfie craze seems to have gone awry in India. The incident is the latest of several deaths in India to result from taking a selfie.
Around half of the 27 “selfie-related” deaths around the world last year, took place in India.
Indians were killed by an oncoming train, falling out of a boat, falling off a cliff, falling into a canal and drowning in the sea while taking selfies.
In 2016, 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.
In January this year, Abhishek Gupta (20) from Kashmir fell to his death while taking a selfie from atop Reasi Fort in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mumbai police then identified 16 ‘no-selfie zones’ in the city to combat the menace.