In the wake of the increase in the number of suicides that have been committed or attempted by teenagers under the influence of the Blue Whale Challenge, the Madhya Pradesh Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK) has issued an advisory. The RSK issued a letter to the headmasters of all primary and middle schools in the state to be on a lookout for any unusual activity on part of the students. RSK, which is an autonomous body under the state’s school education department, in its crackdown has also prohibited the use of mobile phones by students in primary and middle schools, according to PTI. This step has been taken by the autonomous body to stop students from getting involved with the game that incites players to commit suicide.
The letter by the Madhya Pradesh Rajya Shiksha Kendra that was issued yesterday stated, “The Blue Whale Challenge is a game started by criminal-minded people in which children get entangled and find it difficult to come out of it. In a few cases, children even attempted suicide.” it further added, “It is the responsibility of the teachers to advise children against the use of mobile phones and if they find the link of the (Blue Whale) game in any phone, they should take effective measures to get it removed immediately.”
The Blue Whale challenge has claimed many lives in the country as well as abroad. It is reportedly an online suicide game in which the players have to perform certain tasks over a period of 50 days. In the final task, the victim is asked to commit suicide. According to Indian Express, recently, a 11th standard boy from MP’s Damoh district committed suicide by jumping in front of a train allegedly due to Blue Whale Challenge. Last month, a student from Indore allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping off the third floor of his school but was saved by his teacher.