Dang district in Gujarat banned taking selfies, especially in tourist spots. On 23 June, public notification was issued by additional district magistrate TK Damor. Dang is the first district in Gujarat that had banned taking selfies at any place in that district.
Notification prohibits locals from entering rivers or any water bodies during the monsoon to wash clothes, baths, or other work to prevent accidents.
Previously the administration, In 2019, had banned the taking of selfies on the Waghai-Saputara highway and at waterfalls.
“With the start of the monsoon, there has been a huge influx of tourists in Dang. While enjoying nature, many acts irresponsibly taken by clicking selfies that lead to accidents have proven fatal. The notification has been issued to prevent such incidents,” said Damor.
“The administration noticed that taking selfies was not limited to places of tourist interest but also occurred at places like roads, cliffs, waterfalls, and rivers. Considering such risky behavior, prohibitory orders have been issued for the entire district,” Damor added.
Dang is the only district in Gujarat that has hill stations. Saputara and Picturesque are some of the hill stations in the Dang district.
After Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, Dang has been witnessing a heavy tourist inflow.
A person caught taking a selfie will be charged under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. The offender may face a jail term which may extend to one month, or with a fine which may extend to Rs 200, or with both.