Yet another teenager allegedly succumbed to the fatal killer game blue whale. This time a 13-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh's district Muzaffarnagar got trapped in this fatal game and committed suicide by banging his head against a moving train.
The teen- Nishant, had reportedly crossed 48 stages of this deadly game and to commit suicide was his final task as was told by his friend Anant who was also coaxed into playing this game by Nishant. Anant did not have a smartphone which apparently became a saviour for him.The family of Nishant is in a deep state of shock and disbelief. All they want now is to caution other parents of this dangerous mania that is gripping youngsters all across.
Blue Whale challenge is a social network phenomenon that is claimed to exist in several countries. It's believed that blue whale challenge originated in Russia almost four years ago and is believed to have killed approximately 800 teens so far, though figures vary. Recently it's creator was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for seeking out and instigating teenagers on the internet to take the challenge which ends up in the participant committing suicide.
The game reportedly has challenges ranging from cutting one's wrist to watching horror movies in the middle of the night for over fifty-day period with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. Reports suggest lot of youngsters getting trapped to this online manipulation.
There have been calls to ban the game in India and some states have already done so. The government has directed service providers to remove all links to the game. But, experts say that those who talk of banning the game are not clear on how it works as the links can be removed from social media sites but will continue to exist in the underground web.
We need to amend the law to come up with regulations against such games. We also need to frame rules and regulations on the role of intermediary service providers such as Google and Facebook says, experts.
Apart from awareness-building exercises against the game, peer-counselling can play a crucial role and can act as a deterrent.