A lot of concerns have been raised recently due to the growing popularity of the internet task-based dangerous game, Blue Whale.
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 term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
Recently, a 14-year old student from Andheri in Mumbai jumped off from the fifth floor of a building, reportedly to complete “The Blue Whale Challenge” game.
The police are investigating whether the death is India’s first linked to the “Blue Whale” suicide challenge.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that he would report his concern to the center.
What is Blue Whale Game:
The game was created by Russian Philipp Budeikin, currently in a jail, in 2013.
As a part of the deadly game, the takers of the challenge are assigned a curator to guide them through and enforce 50 steps of self-harm – the last being killing yourself to win.
The Blue Whale Challenge originated and spread in Russia in 2013, and over 130 teen suicides have been reportedly linked to the challenge across the world.
However, no concrete evidence linking the two has been found.
And even though Russia claims to have done everything to curb this online menace and made arrests, perhaps it is too little, too late, since ‘phonies’ have now taken the place of the original curators to carry forward this trend.