Taking the cognizance of the recent death of a class 10 student, suspected to be latest fatality from ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to Home Ministry as well as to IT ministers urging removal of the online suicide game from social media.

On August 14, a series of tweets were put out by Ministry of Child and Development stating that Maneka Gandhi has taken up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Asking parents to be extra cautious with their younger kids, Maneka Gandhi said, “I urge parents and elder to monitor the activities of children & dissuade them from falling prey to such challenges.”

In the letter to ministries, Maneka Gandhi also highlighted that the deadly game is believed to have led to over 100 deaths in the US, China, Russia and other countries.

Following Maneka Gandhi’s letter, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the top body for child rights also wrote to ministry of Information Technology on the matter.

Recently on August 13, a 14-year-old boy from Bengal fell prey to the deadly ‘Blue Whale’ challenge online game. The victim was identified as Ankan Dey, class 10th student, who committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Anandpur town of West Midnapore district.

The deadly online game — ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ — is a 50-day challenge which demands that players complete tasks given by an anonymous controller. 

First Published | 15 August 2017 8:37 AM
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