As technology advancement in Kerala seemingly starts backfiring with the two suspected incidents of suicide owing to the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge, the State public officials including legislators and police have come forward to make the public vigilant against the threats posed by the game.
Following the parents of a teenager who supposedly committed suicide to finish off the challenge, alleging that the boy had lost life to the game, Raju Abraham MLA on August 9 had placed a submission before the State Assembly urging the Government to take steps to ban the killer game. Following this, the Kerala Chief Minister has asked the Centre to intervene into the issue and has urged the Prime Minister to take immediate steps to ban the game.
‘Blue Whale’ challenge, which originated in Russia in 2013, is a dare-based online game which persuades the individuals who play it to commit suicide at its final stage. Almost 4,000 people around the world have committed suicide as instructed by the challenge. Twenty-two-year-old Phillipp Budeikin, who invented the game in 2013 is reportedly serving prison sentence for persuading individuals to commit suicide. A 16-year-old boy in Thiruvanathapuram and a 22-year-old man in Kannur are suspected to have committed suicide as instructed by the game.