Teen Commits Suicide To Allegedly Complete “Blue Whale Challenge” In KeralaAugust 16, 2017 12:03
Teen Commits Suicide To Allegedly Complete “Blue Whale Challenge” In Kerala: In a drastic incident, a 16-year old teenager, committed suicide on July 26. The parents of the boy, on Tuesday raised doubts that it was due to the “Blue Whale Challenge” game that led their son to take the extreme step.
The deceased victim, Manoj, a native of Vilappilsala in Trivandrum committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence. The teen’s mother informed the police on Tuesday that she suspected her son committed suicide, as he was playing the Blue Whale Challenge.
According to reports, the boy’s mother told a media channel that her son had downloaded the game in November 2016.
“He said in the last stage of the game, one should either commit suicide or murder someone. I got scared after hearing it and asked my son not to play the game. My son had once hurt himself using a compass and jumped into a river though he did not know how to swim. He was later rescued. Before he took the extreme step, my son had deleted the game from his mobile phone,” the mother said.
A case of unnatural death had been registered then by the Kerala Police, and concluded to be a personal problem.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, earlier on Tuesday, took a stringent measure against the deadly online game, Blue whale Challenge. It also asked the social media giants like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove all the links relating to the game.
“Instances of children committing suicide while Blue Whale Challenge have been reported in India...You are hereby requested to ensure that any such link of this deadly game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from your platform,” stated the ministry, in a letter, to the internet majors.
Taking the cognizance of the recent deaths in Mumbai and West Bengal, the Ministry said the law enforcement agencies should be reported about the proponent of Blue Whale challenge. A series of tweets have been put out by the Ministry of Child and Development on August 14, stating that Maneka Gandhi has taken up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan even urged the Centre on August 12. To ban the Blue Whale Challenge in the country “to save precious lives”, he said to take prompt steps.
The deadly online “Blue Whale Challenge” game, however is reportedly a suicide game that challenges players for over 50 days, wherein demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller.