On­line sui­cide game lands girl in hospi­tal

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A TEENAGE girl from West Ben­gal’s North 24 Par­ganas district has been ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal af­ter she was found to have in­jured her­self while play­ing the deadly on­line game Blue Whale Chal­lenge, po­lice said.

The girl, a pupil at a pri­vate school in the Basirhat area, “fell ill af­ter con­fess­ing her in­volve­ment in the Blue Whale game to the school au­thor­i­ties,” a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the girl’s class­mates found blood ooz­ing from her arm and told the school au­thor­i­ties.

It was found the girl had in­scribed some­thing by cut­ting her own hand.

“The hos­tel su­per­in­ten­dent got in touch with us af­ter the girl con­fessed to cut­ting her hand as in­structed in the Blue Whale Chal­lenge game. Which stage of the game she was into, is not yet clear,” po­lice said.

Blue Whale Chal­lenge is re­port­edly a sui­cide game in which the player is given cer­tain tasks to com­plete over a pe­riod of 50 days. The fi­nal task leads to the player com­mit­ting sui­cide.

The player is asked to share photos af­ter fin­ish­ing each chal­lenge.

The term “Blue Whale” is said to come from the phe­nom­e­non of beached whales.

The sud­den pop­u­lar­ity in In­dia of the lethal on­line game has forced the gov­ern­ment to is­sue di­rec­tions to in­ter­net gi­ants Google, Face­book, What­sApp, In­sta­gram, Mi­crosoft and Ya­hoo to im­me­di­ately re­move its links.

The game has claimed a num­ber of lives in In­dia and across the world. – IANS

A Ro­hingya Mus­lim drinks wa­ter as her daugh­ter waits to take her to a doc­tor near a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

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