It was a few months ago when an infamous online challenge called Blue Whale came under the spotlight. Back then this horrific challenge, which is essentially a guide to committing suicide, was noticed to be spreading only in parts of Russia and Europe. But sadly, this challenge has now made it to India, with the first reported victim of the case being a 14-year-old from Mumbai. Also Read - Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account can get deleted if you do thisAlso Read - No, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram will not stop working in India (Not right now)
Manpreet Singh Sahani reportedly jumped off a building in Andheri. According to ToI, Meghwadi police are probing messages circulating on social media that he was playing the Blue Whale challenge that is based on a 50-day dare, some of which include self mutilation, watching horror movies, and waking up at unusual hours, and these tasks get more extreme as days pass. And on the final day, the challenge encourages the player to commit suicide. Also Read - Pakistan blocks Facebook, Twitter and other social media apps until 3 pm
The cops found out about the the suicide pact from Sahani’s friends’ WhatsApp group. The teen s schoolmates also told the police that Sahani had told them last week that he would not be going to school from Monday. While Meghwadi police said they did not find any representation of a whale etched into the teenager s skin, which is normally part of the game, the cyber police continues to scan the student’s gadgets. ALSO READ: Blue Whale is a disturbing game that is pushing teens towards suicide
Last Saturday, Sahani had gone up to the sixth floor terrace of the building in Sher-e-Punjab society in Andheri (E) around 5.30 PM and clambered up the parapet of the sidewall. Residents from other buildings shouted out warnings to be careful, but he jumped before they could do anything. Manpreet’s parents left for their native place on Monday for his final rites, ToI reported.
While the police is suspecting the Blue Whale challenge to have influenced the teen to have committed the suicide, the absolute certain reason behind it is still unknown. Assistant commissioner of police (Meghwadi division) Milind Khetle told ToI that they did not find any self-inflicted mark on him, which is usually the case for a person taking up this 50-day dare. “The reason is yet to be known. We are probing all angles, including the suicide game theory.+ We are taking the help of experts. Depending on the findings we will decide if the suicide case should be converted into an FIR,” said Khetle. ALSO READ: Instagram and Facebook are the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017: Report