IndiaToday- Clicking a selfie turned out to be fatal for a youth as well as six of his friends, who drowned in the Ganga today while trying to save one another, police said.
The incident happened when six youths from Juhi area and one Shivam from Colonelganj area of the district had gone to take a bath in the river after rainfall, SSP Shalabh Mathur said.
Shivam was clicking a selfie while bathing following which he lost his balance and started drowning in the river.
Maqsood tried to save Shivam but he too lost his balance due to the high water level and high current following heavy rainfall, SP (West) Sachindra Patel said.
All the other friends jumped one after another to save the others but drowned in the attempt, the SP said.
If you want to blame one super narcissistic kid - that absolutely had to capture the perfect selfie despite being one slip away from swimming up Shit's Creek without a paddle - for the demise of his 6 friends then be my guest. In reality, that self involved idiot was really only responsible for his own death. The blood of the other six? That's on the hands of the first friend to jump in an attempt to rescue him. He's the one that set the precedent by trying to be a hero. He could have just made a pact with all parties present to tell anyone that asked that there was nothing they could do. Nope. He just had to risk his life for another person, and he ended up creating a domino effect between all his friends. I bet the last 5 didn't even want to jump in. They just felt obligated to out of fear of being labeled the bad friend(s) that did nothing to help. Just look at the difference between these two stories...
- "We all turned around and Shivam was nowhere to be seen. We looked and looked, and by the time we saw him he was too far down river to be rescued. We called for help but it was too late."
- "We all turned around and saw Shivam frantically splashing around in the water,. Maqsood immediately jumped in after him and soon after he started flailing around too. The rest of us figured it was too dangerous so we just stood around with our quivering dicks in our hands like a bunch of pussies until help arrived to dig our dead friends out of the river."
That first story sounds totally legitimate. Sure, watching your friend drown right in front of your face without doing anything could cause you a lifetime of trauma, but maybe - just maybe - it saves 6 lives that didn't need to be taken. Maqsood's dedication to being selfless inevitably forced 5 others to plummet to their eternal sleep, because you simply can't be a survivor of that second story and still look like a respectable person. Don't forget that the next time a friend puts himself in a precarious position by being a jackass for Instagram likes.