Blue Whale challenge: 14-year-old boy allegedly commits suicide in Bengal
The final challenge in the Blue Whale Challenge, an Internet 'game' requires the player to commit suicide. Photograph: (DNA)
A class 10 student in Bengal's West Midnapore district allegedly committed suicide on Saturday while apparently playing the ‘Blue Whale' challenge, ANI reported.
The incident comes after a 13-year-old boy from Madhya Pradesh attempted suicide on Thursday (August 10).
Ankan Dey, 14, was last seen playing the online challenge using his father’s desktop at his office in Anandapur town, News 18 cited police as saying.
According to reports, Ankan choked himself to death by covering his head with a plastic bag tied tightly around his neck with a nylon cord, in the bathroom of his home.
“He returned from school on Saturday and sat in front of the computer. When his mother (Sampa) called him for lunch, he said he will first have bath. When he did not emerge from the bathroom for quite some time, we broke open the door and found him lying on the floor motionless (around 4 pm). We rushed him to the hospital where he was declared dead,” Gopinath Dey, Ankan’s father, was quoted as saying by News 18.
Ankan's friends told police that he played the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge.
The Blue Whale challenge, which reportedly originated in Russia, calls on participants to complete a series of self-harm tasks over 50 days. It allegedly encourages them to win by committing suicide.