Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Blue Whale game: 16 year old hangs himself in Kerala

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Sammy Stanley | 18 August, 2017, 00:23

In Mumbai a 14 year old boy committed suicide by jumping off a seven-storey building in Andheri.

Any violations of government instructions of removing all links which direct users to the unsafe online game "The Blue Whale Challenge" will be dealt with strictly, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.

Apart from cases of suicides, there have been reports of teenagers being stopped from committing suicide. Under the Indian IT ecosystem, no initiative shall be permitted which provokes young boys to commit suicide.

The officer added that one of Manpreet's close friends had said that minutes before jumping, the deceased had told his friend that he was going towards the terrace, but since Manpreet was known to have a sense of humour, the friend had not taken him seriously and had just replied with a smiley.

IT body Nasscom and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) have recommended setting up a hotline or web portal to receive tip-offs to identify sources of the deadly "Blue Whale" game, which has been allegedly linked to the deaths of several children worldwide, including in India. "While banning such games under law is important, adequate awareness against them should also be created", Pinarayi said. "I appeal all the platforms to abide by the direction which the IT ministry has given". The Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete for a period of 50 days and the final task leads to committing suicide.

The player is also asked to share photos after finishing the every task. The game is spread via links on social media platforms.

The parents said a probe was needed to find out the reason for their son's death, and blamed the online game for taking his life.

The central government has already asked major online players including Google, Facebook and WhatsApp to ensure that they remove links that lead to or promote the "deeply disturbing" game.

Acting on a hunch that Siddharth Singh might be a victim of the notorious Blue Whale game challenge, police are also checking his phone and laptop.

He urged the people to alert authorities about the existence of related links and hashtags in cyber space.

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