Remember the sci-fi movie The Matrix (1999)? Human beings glued to the glamour of the virtual world, completely oblivious of the gloomy reality around. Turns out, the movie depicted exactly the circumstances of today. Today’s times are the Selfie times, the need to show in the virtual world, while completely ignoring the reality around. A student dealt with it the hard way, when he drowned in the pond, while his friends were busy clicking selfies!
A 17-year-old PU student of National College, Jayanagar, named Vishwas G, drowned in a pond while his friends, unaware of the incident, were taking a selfie in the pond at Ramagondlu Betta of Kanakapura at Ramanagara district around 40 km from Bengaluru, on Sunday.
He was picnicking with his NCC cadet friends. Parents and relatives of Vishwas protested in front of the college on Monday, accusing negligence by college authorities of the NCC unit, Prof Girish and Sharath. The demonstration was called off after the college management informed them, strict actions will be taken against NCC authorities if their role in the mishap is confirmed.
One of the students said,
“We had finished swimming and left for the Gundanjaneya temple and did not notice Vishwas’ absence. One of the students was replaying his selfie photos and noticed Vishwas drowning being captured in the frame. He immediately alerted the NCC unit chief, Prof Girish, and other friends, and by the time they returned to the kalyani, an hour had passed. Vishwas was nowhere to be seen.”
Local police was summoned to the spot. Vishwas’ body was fished out around 3.30pm. The police said about 25 NCC cadets had come for the hill trek and disregarded a signboard put up by the local gram panchayat that no one should enter the water.