KOLKATA: The sick, self-destructive Blue Whale challenge has allegedly claimed one more life in India. A boy in West Bengal allegedly committed suicide to meet the conditions of the online 50-day game which has been responsible for more than 100 deaths in China, United States and other nations.
Ankan Dey was a student of Class 10 at a local school in West Midnapore district's Anandpur town. He had allegedly hanged himself. A friend said he was playing the Blue Whale Challenge.
Last month, a student of Class 9 in Mumbai's Andheri committed suicide, apparently because of the Blue Whale game. He posted what he called his "last picture" on Instagram before jumping off a building in the Andheri suburb.
On Friday, a student of class 5 in Dehradun was stopped from taking the extreme step by his school authorities. Another 13-year-old boy was rescued by his friends when he had tried to jump off a school building in Indore.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking the Central government to ban the game. "The Blue Whale game is a challenge to the whole society and comprehensive action against this from all responsible agencies is of utmost importance," he said in the letter.
The Blue Whale game is 50-day challenge which demands that players complete tasks given by an anonymous "handler". The "handler" instructs the players to cause self-harm, leading up to suicide.
Philipp Budeikin, a 22-year-old Russian who created the challenge, is currently in jail. In an interview this year, he said he made the game to "clean society," as people who participated in it were "biological waste".