What is the Blue Whale Challenge?
The Blue Whale Challenge is apparently a suicide game in which the player who opts for this game is given certain tasks to finish for a period of 50 days and the final task leads to committing suicide. Sharing of photos is also asked from the player after finishing the challenge.
The Delhi High Court received a PIL filed on Wednesday, seeking directions to internet companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo to remove the links of ‘Blue Whale’, a challenge-based suicide game that has been allegedly linked to deaths of huge number of children worldwide who are getting fascinated by this game.
The petition stated“ children hugely and people are being intensley affected by this menace namely Blue Whale Challenge and they do not even know that the same will cost their life and will cause their families to suffer heavily. All the citizens of India will be benefited if the said menace is stopped.”
Within a span of just two weeks, more than six children across India in the age group of 12-19 years have taken their lives opting and playing for this game. Deaths of children and teenagers including Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Italy, have been reported, stated the PIL.
Advocate Gurmeet Singh, who filed the petition, citing deaths of children in India and abroad, sought immediate directions to be given to stop the internet giants from uploading any material concerning the Blue Whale Challenge. Mr.Gurmeet also sought direction to be given to the the Delhi Police to appoint a special team comprising at least five members to keep a check whether the internet companies comply with the court’s direction.
The quick popularity of the lethal online game – Blue Whale Challenge, in which the final task requires the player to commit suicide, has compelled the government to take immediate action and issue directions to the internet majors to remove the links of the dangerous game.
The Ministry of Electronic on Wednesday had directed the internet giants – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – on an immediate note to take off the links of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, which has led several children in India and other countries to commit suicide.