A growing menace that originated in Russia, the Blue Whale challenge, has claimed numerous lives across several countries including India. After a couple of suicides in India that have been linked to the deadly ‘game’, Indian authorities have stepped in, and asked internet companies to pull links associated with the Blue Whale challenge. Also Read - After the 'Blue Whale Challenge' comes another dangerous ‘Skull Breaker Challenge’Also Read - Odisha Police Issues Advisory On 'Momo Challenge'
According to ToI, the Government of India has directed Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Yahoo and Microsoft to pull down links for the lethal game. So far, India has witnessed three deaths that could have been influenced by the tasks given out as part of the Blue Whale challenge. Citing sources, the report adds that the letter to internet companies was issued after instructions from Union Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. ALSO READ: Blue Whale challenge: Second casualty in India, 14-year-old boy commits suicide, says report Also Read - Momo challenge: ICSE to request parents to keep a watch on their children
After a couple of incidents involving teenagers in Mumbai and West Bengal, there’s now a third report involving a teenager from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The 16-year-old was found hanging at his home, and his parents believe he was part of the Blue Whale challenge. ALSO READ: Teenager leaves home to finish Blue Whale challenge; rescued
The ministry’s note to internet companies specifies that they must immediately take down links for the Blue Whale challenge or any “similar game”. Last week, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi too had written to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad asking them to remove the game from social media. According to her letter, the game has claimed the lives of over 100 people across the US, China and other countries.