The Blue Whale Game allegedly consists of a series of tasks or challenges that are assigned to the player during a 50 day period with the final task to commit suicide. It is believed that the term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
An example of the Blue Whale Game tasks:
In recent months this online game has taken control of the younger generation all over the world. It originated in Russia and was linked to around 130 deaths/suicides there. It slowly spread to other countries claiming lives in parts of Europe, Saudi Arabia, US and South America.
Now, this game has claimed innocent lives in India.
Ankan Dey, a 15-year-old teenager from West Midnapore, West Bengal, was the first suspected Blue Whale victim in India. The teenager committed suicide in the bathroom of his house on Saturday morning, August 12, according to reports.
A 14-year-old boy jumped off from the seventh floor of a building in Mumbai on July 26 evening is another suspected case of Blue Whale suicide game. The deceased, Manpreet, was a class nine student in a school in Andheri East.
Manoj C Man, a 16-year-old from Kerala, is the latest victim of the dangerous game as claimed by his mother. The young boy was found hanging at his home on July 26.
Thankfully, there have been some cases where police, friends or family have been able to get to the player in time to save them from taking the extreme step to complete the online challenge.
Another 14 year-old Solapur boy had also left home to complete the final task assigned it him by this game but was rescued police on 10th August on his way to Pune.
Similarly, a 13 year-old, class seven student at Chamali Devi Public School at Rajender Nagar was also rescued by his friends when he tried to jump off the third floor of his Indore School.
The latest case came to light on 5th September, when a 17 year-old girl tried to commit suicide in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur area by jumping in to a lake to complete the task. According to reports, the girl was trying to complete the final challenge in the game as she feared that failure to do it will bring harm to her mother or the rest of the family.
Looking at the dangers of this online game, the Indian government has directed Internet and social networking giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to immediately remove any link to the “deadly game”.
Today, a 73 year-old man from Maduri in Tamil Nadu has also approached the Supreme Court seeking ban on the internet-based suicide game ‘Blue Whale’. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and D Y Chandrachud have agreed to hear the matter on 15th September.
Disclaimer: This article does not encourage anyone to play the online Blue Whale Game.
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