SC seeks Centre’s reply on banning Blue Whale game
THE Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre on the plea of a 73-year-old man from Tamil Nadu seeking a ban on the Blue Whale challenge game linked to deaths of several children worldwide.
The apex court also sought assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in the matter.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the Centre and sought its response in three weeks.
The Blue Whale Challenge, reportedly created by a former convict in Russia, is said to psychologically provoke players to indulge in daring, self-destructive tasks for 50 days before finally taking the winning step of killing themselves.
The apex court had on September
11, agreed to hear th plea filed by advocate N S Ponnaiah who also sought creating of awareness among the public about the online game.
Till September 5, media reported that at least 200 people had committed suicide after playing the online Blue Whale game. Most of them are young children in the age group of 13 to 15 years, the petition filed through C R Jaya Sukin said. The petitioner said the Madurai City Police had confirmed that a college student, who had committed suicide after playing the game, had forwarded it to over 150 friends. The Delhi High Court had on August 22 sought the response of Facebook, Google and Yahoo on a plea to direct them to take down the links of the Blue Whale challenge.