The Blue Whale Challenge a dare-based “game” that requires participants to complete 50 tasks in 50 days, and the ultimate task being committing suicide. The creator of the challenge, Philipp Budeikin, was arrested in May and sentenced to three years in prison. He had confessed, in an interview, that he deliberately incited 17 teenagers into committing suicide. Philipp, 22, said that he was eliminating people ‘who do not represent any value, cause harm or will cause harm to the society’ from the face of the Earth.

The ‘Whale’ has hit Assam’s capital city, Guwahati. A Class X student was admitted to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday after he showed some abnormal behaviour. The student, with Blue Whale mark on his hand, was showing abnormal behavior, after he played a few online games during the last few days. Speaking on the same, Ramen Talukdar, GMCH Superintendent, told that the student is under constant and close observation of a team of doctors and experts at psychiatric department of the hospital.

He said the student is making attempts to move out from the hospital ward, “The patient needs to be under constant observation.”

A few weeks ago 16-year-old Manoj from Kerala committed suicide. He was found hanging in his bedroom on July 26. A police team visited the home of a Kerala teen this morning after his family alleged that he killed himself because of the online Blue Whale game which challenges its players to commit suicide.

Earlier this month, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to the centre demanding a ban on Blue Whale, which originated in Russia and presents players with a list of formidable tasks to be completed in 50 days; the final assignment is suicide.

 

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