‘Blue Whale’ chal­lenge hits teenagers in Pak­istan

Govt should block avail­abil­ity of ‘Blue Whale game’ on in­ter­net: IT ex­perts

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight -

PE­SHAWAR: ‘Blue Whale,’ the game of hor­ri­ble sui­cide chal­lenge, which has re­port­edly left sev­eral teenagers dead in Europe, seems to be hunt­ing down Pak­istani young­sters.

The Blue Whale Game, also known as "Blue Whale Chal­lenge", is an In­ter­net "game" that is claimed to ex­ist in sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia. In the game, a se­ries of chal­lenges are given to teenagers by un­known strangers.

The un­known group of vig­i­lantes asks for pho­to­graphic proof from the teenagers who have ac­cepted the chal­lenge for each task given to them, and in the fi­nal task, the player is asked to take his/her own life. Re­ports say the Blue Whale change is mostly played by youths in de­pres- sion.

Such cases have also sur­faced in Pak­istan.

Ac­cord­ing to our cor­re­spon­dent, at least five young­sters, in­clud­ing a girl, from dif­fer­ent districts of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa have been ad­mit­ted to Pe­shawar's Khy­ber Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (KTH) with symp­toms of de­pres­sion.

Dr. Im­ran, a psy­chi­a­trist in the hos­pi­tal, said the vic­tims reached the con­di­tion af­ter play­ing the no­to­ri­ous sui­cide game and fall­ing into its dan­ger­ous trap.

He said two of the vic­tims be­long to Mar­dan and Dera Is­mail Khan ar­eas of KP.

Dr. Im­ran said a girl was also af­fected by the game. “She was so de­pressed that she at­tempted to com­mit sui­cide,” he said.

While, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Ex­perts stressed on the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to block and take ac­tion against On­line ‘ Blue Whale’ game avail­able on in­ter­net, as it was linked to sui­cide among young­sters.

Ex­pert Dr Dan­ish Azam, a psy­chi­a­trist voic­ing con­cern over the ris­ing num­ber of sui­cides among young­sters be­cause of the on­line game at­tract­ing kids, as he de­manded the gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties to stop its avail­abil­ity on the In­ter­net.

He in­formed about the his­tory of this game that Blue Whale game was re­leased in 2013, how­ever, it be­came pop­u­lar in re­cent times in Rus­sia and many other coun­tries. The game is ba­si­cally a 50-day game, com­pris­ing of dif­fer­ent chal­lenges.

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