SC seeks Cen­tre’s re­ply on ban­ning Blue Whale game

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

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.

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