Kids in places like South Africa go train surfing for thrills. My buddy Jamie-James recently made a film about it called Sanza Hanza. But in the Indian subcontinent, people ride roof because there's no room in the over-crowded carriages, or they can't afford a ticket.
>Although the video above makes it look like a fun roof-top party, thousands of deaths from falls or electrocution occur on the region's crumbling railway system every year. One incident in Lucknow in January saw 200 people get swept off a train roof by overhanging tree branches.
A recent incident at Etawah station was caught on phone-camera by someone standing on the platform. The film shows a young man climb onto a train and act erratically in front of the gathered crowd. Then, almost by accident, he grips the high-voltage cable.