Online suicide game lands girl in hospital
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
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