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Traveling couple slammed as ‘irresponsible’ for hanging out of a moving train

A travelling couple has defended themselves after they were slammed for hanging out of a moving train just so they could capture the perfect picture for Instagram.

Portuguese bloggers Raquel and Miguel took the snapshot of them riding along the train tracks of Ella, a small town located in Sri Lanka in February.

The photograph shows Raquel clutching onto the rails with her whole body hanging out – as her boyfriend Miguel leans out of the carriage to kiss her forehead. It remains unclear who took the picture.

The adventurous pair, who document their travel pictures under @explorerssaurus_, claimed the slow pace of the train meant they were never in any danger.

But critics have responded by saying it was an irresponsible picture to take, pointing out that copy-cats could be in real danger if they tried the same stunt at similar tracks around Sri Lanka, where the trains move at much faster speed.

Portuguese couple Raquel and Miguel have defended themselves after they were slammed for hanging out of a moving train just so they could capture the perfect picture for Instagram

Portuguese couple Raquel and Miguel have defended themselves after they were slammed for hanging out of a moving train just so they could capture the perfect picture for Instagram

Critics have responded by saying the stunt was 'dangerous' and 'irresponsible'
But critics have responded by saying it was an irresponsible picture to take, pointing out that copy-cats could be in real danger if they tried the same stunt at similar tracks around Sri Lanka

But critics have responded by saying it was an irresponsible picture to take, pointing out that copy-cats could be in real danger if they tried the same stunt at similar tracks around Sri Lanka

The couple first started their travel Instagram page and blog in December 2017

‘You’d risk your lives just for a picture? Just so you can upload it on social media? Or do you do this because this gives you ‘the rush’? How is this sensible? Anything could’ve happened,’ one woman wrote.

Another commented: ‘I would never promote a picture like this since there are not few people stupid enough to feel encouraged to try and recreate the idea. What you do and the models do is only their own responsibility. But you should see your responsibility for influencing others.’

One said: ‘I want to like this photo, but all I can see is a guy putting his girl in danger. He should have been on the outside.’

‘Are you not normal? How can you risk the life of a girl? Why is the guy so not hung from the train?,’ another posted.

-Dailymail

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