SC Issues Notice to Centre on Blue Whale Petition
Plea says no adequate steps taken by govt to ban the deadly online game
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will take up on Friday a plea to ban the blue whale online game of dare which has been blamed for a spate of teen suicides recently throughout the country. The top court also sought the assistance of Attorney General KK Venugopal on the plea.
The petition filed by a 73-yearold Chennai advocate NS Ponnaiah has blamed the game for 200 such suicides throughout the country in recent times. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud issued notices to the Central government and posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks. The petition claimed that the dangerous game has spread to such as Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Dehradun, Chennai and the states of Kerala, West Bengal and Assam elsewhere in the country. The game was growing in pop- ularity through other social media sites such as Face Book, Google, Whatsapp Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo, the petition claimed. The petition complained that the Centre had not taken any steps to ban it despite a large number of youngsters falling prey to the game. Technical experts say that it is virtually impossible to control the game as they come from rogue servers. The game dares impressionable young teens to watch morbid content and harm themselves, even- tually culminating in their suicide. All this is possibly livestreamed. “There is need to immediate ban and generate awareness about the online game amongst the people specially, youngsters of our society,” the petition said, accusing the government of not doing enough to stop this menace.
He claimed that unconfirmed reports have placed the fatalities from the game at three deaths daily, most of them young school-going children and college students.