SC Is­sues No­tice to Cen­tre on Blue Whale Pe­ti­tion

Plea says no ad­e­quate steps taken by govt to ban the deadly on­line game

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Sa­man­waya.Rau­tray @times­group.com

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.

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