After a 14-year-old boy jumped from the terrace of a five-storey building, police are investigating whether the boy jumped to his death because of a deadly online game called ‘Blue Whale’ which prompts the users to commit suicide as a part of the challenge.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said today that he would report his concern to the centre.
The Blue Whale game is dangerous and has caused worries for everyone. The issue will be conveyed to the centre. This topic is serious and we’re looking into it. All the information needed for this reference will be taken. Since this is an internet based game, we do not host its servers and it comes from outside. Action will be taken after talking to the central government about how it can be stopped," Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
NCP politician, Ajit Pawar, presented the issue of the ‘Blue Whale game’ in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
If the time comes, the government should take an initiative and contact the central government. Also, using our influence, we should shut down the Blue Whale game completely in India. The government should take this issue seriously,” Ajit Pawar.
What is the 'Blue Whale' challenge?
It is an Internet "game" that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. The list of tasks, to be completed in 50 days, includes waking up at 4:20 A.M., climbing a crane, carving a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm, doing secret tasks, poking a needle to the arm or leg, standing on a bridge and roof, listening to music, and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrator.