Top court seeks government's response on banning Blue Whale Challenge
Supreme court asked for the complete ban on dangerous online Blue Whale game. Photograph: (DNA)
Concerned over the increasing suicides by children in India over the Blue Whale Challenge, the Supreme Court has asked the government's response on a plea seeking a complete ban on the online game. The top court on Thursday issued a notice to the Centre asking for a detailed reply on the issue within three weeks.
The Blue Whale Game has claimed almost 250 lives all over the world.
On Friday morning, a college student from Assam tried to commit suicide by jumping off from the top floor of a building. The boy is suspected to have committed the crime as a part of the Blue Whale challenge.
The 17-year-old daughter of a BSF soldier attempted suicide by jumping off a cliff into a lake earlier this month. A "blue whale" was carved into her arm.
In the past month, several suicides have reported across India because of the deadly online game which challenges players to commit suicide as a "task".
The Indian government had earlier directed major social networking sites including Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Yahoo and Microsoft to remove the links of the dangerous online Blue Whale challenge game from the internet.