‘Never knew the whale had bitten our girl’
The family of one of the two 14-year-old girls who ran away from Agra while playing the Blue Whale Challenge and were rescued from Madhya Pradesh, is still at a loss for words.
The Class 9 girls left Agra by Punjab Mail at 8am on Tuesday with their bags, mobile phones and laptop and were found at the railway station in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad district on Thursday, officials said.
Though relieved after their daughter returned home, family members have prohibited the girl from talking to anyone about the incident.
Her father was called by school authorities after he returned with his daughter who, surprisingly, did not seem too shaken about the incident.
The school was aware that the girls had left their house after worried parents contacted them on Tuesday evening. It was revealed that they bunked school as well as the tuition classes they attended together and changed their uniform before boarding the train.
Disturbed by the incident, one of the uncles of the girl said, “I had read about this Blue Whale Game and we would laugh at those who opted to participate in it. But we never knew one of our family members had already been bitten by the whale.”
He added, “She used to go for tuitions after attending school and we had no idea about her plans of boarding a train on Tuesday morning. We were worried when she didn’t return by evening and began looking for her. But we received a call at about 10pm on Tuesday and came to know about her well being.”
Family members said the girl was good in studies and social and never showed any signs of being involved in the deadly online game.
Once her family knew about her whereabouts, the girl was convinced to return home on the pretext that her mother was unwell. “What can we do? We can’t check their mobile and laptop nor can we take them back,” the uncle said.
The principal and teachers at the girls’ school also chose to remain quiet over the episode but issued a press statement later in the day.
“We too are concerned and will investigate the parents’ claim that the girls travelled on their own without informing the parents while playing the Blue Whale game,” the principal said.