Blue Whale Challenge banned in UP; DGP pens letter to all SSPs

Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on 22 Aug 2017 9:57 PM GMT
Blue Whale Challenge banned in UP; DGP pens letter to all SSPs
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Lucknow: The Centre has ordered law enforcement agencies of various states, including Uttar Pradesh, to take note of the Blue Whale challenge and ensure a complete ban on the online challenge that has led to numerous deaths across the globe, said the Additional Director General of Police Uttar Pradesh Anand Kumar on Tuesday.

"The Blue Whale Challenge has influenced a lot of children all over the country and we received an order from the government which asked us to ban the game and investigate into the matter," Kumar said.

He further informed that the police will take help from various NGOs to raise awareness about the game amongst children and parents about the Blue Whale challenge.

Also Read: What is Blue Whale challenge which has claimed 130 lives so far?

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court sought response from the managing directors (MDs) of social media giants like Facebook India, Google India and Yahoo India, along with the Delhi Police and the Centre, reacting on a plea seeking ban on online game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’.

The HC also ordered the platforms to remove the links of the online game.

UP DGP Sulkhan Singh on Tuesday penned a letter to all the SSPs across the state to spread awareness about the dreadful drawbacks of the dare game among children and parents. The school teachers have also been alerted and have been asked to do counselling of students and their parents about the same. Social media platforms will also be used to shield the children from the game.

Also Read: Blue Whale allegedly claims life of 16-yr-old in Delhi

It is worth mentioning that during the past two weeks, over six children in India, aging 12-19 years, have committed suicide while playing the game.

It is a dare-based game which inspires the players to first draw a whale on paper, followed by tasks like drawing the same figure on their body, watching horror movies alone, and many more. In the final stage of the game, it challenges the players to commit suicide.

The game asks the players to post live videos while completing the tasks.

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu Sharma

Writer has 6 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Senior Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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