The deadly online game, Blue Whale Challenge seems to have taken a toll on the young children all across the country. The latest incident related to Blue Whale Challenge has been reported from the Maoist-hit Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh where at least 30 children have been found playing the game.
Abhishek Pallav, assistant superintendent of police in Dantewada, said that the kids in the school had used blades and other sharp objects to carve whale-like shapes into their arms and the entire thing was reported to the school by the college authority.
The tribal kids in the village believed that the game would help them solve their personal issues. The police even said one among those kids played the game so that his father would quit alcohol while another child played it to stop his father from forcibly marrying him off.
Every second day there is news of youngsters falling prey to the deadly Blue Whale Challenge. In the game, the players are given a set of self-harming task to be completed over a period of 50 days. The tasks include cutting hands, isolating one, watching horror movies and finally, jumping off a building.
Last month, a teenager in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai was found hanging in his room. Vignesh’s death is suspected to be linked to the dangerous game after a chilling note was found in his room. The Madras High Court took note on the issue and asked the Centre and the state government to explore possibilities of banning it.
There are even reports that a college student in Assam attempted suicide by jumping off the second floor of a building on the evening of September, 13.
The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to Centre on a plea seeking complete ban on Blue Whale Challenge. A detailed reply has been sought by the SC within three weeks time.