A lot of people like posting photos of themselves online through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, and it’s harmless fun for the most part. But it turned really ugly for a pretty 19-year-old engineering student at Nehru Nagar in Puttur, India.


It was around 2:30 in the afternoon on a Sunday when Varsha Alva and her five other friends, all students of Vivekananda College of Engineering and Technology, thought it was a good idea to take a selfie along a scenic stretch of railway track in the area. They stopped by a curved part of the track to take a photo with a phone camera.

But something went wrong when Varsha’s veil got tangled up in the track, and it just so happened that a train was about to pass through. That’s when things turned for the worse as she couldn’t get free. Her friend Rachana was nearby as well, and both girls were hit by the oncoming train.

Varsha lost her life on the spot, while Rachana lost an arm. What was a lovely weekend afternoon with friends turned needlessly tragic. Readers, please be advised that this is in no way declaring selfies to be dangerous, but do be careful where and when you take them.


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