Death Wish

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Speak­ing of science fic­tion night­mares. Blue Whale is an al­leged sui­cide chal­lenge that kids across the world are tak­ing up. The game, in­vented in Rus­sia, ups the ante over the course of 50 days from self­mu­ti­la­tion to sui­cide. Philipp Budeikin, who claims he in­vented the game, is cur­rently in pri­son in St Peters­burg. Some 130 young peo­ple in Rus­sia are said to have killed them­selves play­ing the game. Blue Whale has been blamed for the sui­cide of a 14-yearold in Mum­bai on July 30, though po­lice say there is no proof to sup­port the claim.

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