Teen commits suicide in Madurai, police link it to Blue Whale challenge
Blue Whale challenge has led to the death of at least 100 teenagers from around the world Photograph: (WION)
A 19-year-old college student identified as Vignesh was found hanging in his room at five in the evening yesterday in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
The police link his death to the illegal game "Blue Whale"which has already claimed the lives of some 100 kids across the world. The police suspect that the teen was part of a WhatsApp group of 75 friends who are playing the suicide game currently in the South Indian state.
The police have also found a suicide note Vignesh left at his Madurai home which says: "This is not a game but danger. Once you enter, you can never exit."
They also found an image of a whale carved into Vignesh's left arm with 'Blue Whale' written below it.
The teenager was found by his father who then informed the police. His father is a daily wage earner while Vignesh was a second-year commerce student at a private college.
His brother speaking to the police said, "He was depressed and had been spending a lot of time alone in the last 45-50 days." His friends, however, never felt anything wrong. They didn't know his long hours on the phone or desktop could be linked to the game.
In the past, 'Blue Whale Challenge' has been blamed for at least three more suicides this month in Mumbai, UP and Kerala.
The Blue Whale challenge is a game that draws people, mostly children and teenagers, through online chat rooms. Once they track any vulnerable candidate, the candidate is then taken on to a private chat room where the player has to take up 50 dares. These include cutting oneself, isolating from friends and family, visiting graveyards, watching horror flicks, jumping off a building. In the last dare given, the player is given a choice to either kill themselves or watch someone close die.