Friday, 17 November, 2017

Parents told to keep a close watch on kids — Blue Whale

Blue Whale strikes again: Suicide in Madurai, hospitalised in Guwahati Blue Whale Challenge: Pondicherry University student falls prey to deadly suicide game, ends live by hanging himself from tree
Terence Owen | 02 September, 2017, 05:43

The game is targeted at teenagers and forces them to perform several unsafe activities, finally leading them to commit suicide. A picture of blue whale was drawn on his hand. After a few days, the parents confirmed that their son is addicted to notorious game and sought the support of the teachers and health experts. The Blue Whale challenge has already claimed the lives of several children in Mumbai, Pondicherry, and other Indian cities.

Investigators say the second year commerce student at a private college was part of a Whatsapp group of 75 members who are playing the suicide game. The game's mastermind, who is just 21 years old, had justified the game saying that he was 'cleaning the society's biological waste'.

The twisted challenge has till now been linked to more than 130 suicides around the world.

The fact that the game is widely known and has spread over the internet means there are possibly many more people acting as curators. The committee will embark on an awareness drive to sensitise students and youngsters about the deadly game and counsel them in different educational institutions within Kamrup (M) district.

At the end of the challenge, the participant is instructed to commit suicide.

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He demanded that the central and state governments ban the game.

The initial investigation also revealed that Borha had also invited some of his friends in Assam to play the Blue Whale game. They often talk about running away from home or even about death and a sudden change in their eating pattern can also be noticed.

"I am sure, you will be able to take immediate steps to protect children from the Blue Whale challenge in your school", she added. The "brainwashing" ranges from watching horror movies to waking in the middle of the night and also self harming.

The game has garnered bad press both locally and internationally due to the rising number of teenage suicides by its players around the world.

Parents have been asked to get involved with their kids, monitor the child's browsing history and link the child's e-mail or social media account with their own mobile or computer.

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