In yet another Blue Whale challenge game, a second year college student attempted suicide by jumping off from the top floor of a building in Silchar, reported ANI. The student has been admitted to hospital and is said to be in critical condition with injuries on his hand and chest. Initial police investigation hints it to be a case of the online self harm game. The 22-year-old student was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in southern Assam’s Silchar. “The matter is under investigation and his mobile handset has been seized,” police officer Rakesh Rausan told NDTV. This is not for the first time that an incident like this has taken place. The Blue Whale challenge has already led to the deaths of over hundred teens across the globe.
A recent report by Hindustan Times informed that as many as 30 tribal children in Maoist-hit Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh were found plying the Blue Whale challenge. The police informed the paper that these children were rescued from the government high school in the district after they injured themselves using sharp objects like blades to carve whale-like shapes on their arms.
Last month, a young boy in Madurai, Tamil Nadu was found hanging in his room, reported PTI. His death was suspected to be linked with the dangerous game after a note was found in his room. Soon after the incident came into light, the Madras High Court took note of the game and asked the Central and state government to explore possibilities of banning it at the earliest.
Even the Delhi High Court had on 22 August sought the response of social media and internet firms including Facebook, Google and Yahoo on a plea to direct them to take down the links of Blue Whale challenge.