New Delhi, August 17: The Delhi High Court admitted a plea seeking a ban on ‘Blue Whale’ game. High Court will take up the matter for hearing on 22nd August.
In the plea it was asked to internet companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo to ban all the links of ‘Blue Whale’, a challenge-based suicide game that has been allegedly linked to deaths of several children worldwide.In the plea it was asked to internet companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo to ban all the links of ‘Blue Whale’, a challenge-based suicide game that has been allegedly linked to deaths of several children worldwide.
The petition was mentioned before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shanker, which listed it for hearing on Thursday.
Citing deaths of children in India and abroad, advocate Gurmeet Singh, who filed the petition, sought immediate directions to restrain the internet majors from uploading any material linking to the Blue Whale Challenge.
He also asked the Delhi Police to appoint a special five members team to examine whether the internet companies adhering the court’s direction.
The sudden popularity of the lethal online game – Blue Whale Challenge, in which the final task asks the player to commit suicide, has forced the government to issue directions to the internet giants to remove the links of the dangerous game.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Electronics and IT had directed the internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft, and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, which has resulted in the deaths of several children in India and other countries.
The Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is assigned certain tasks to complete for a period of 50 days and the final task leads to committing suicide. The player is also asked to share photos after finishing the challenge.The petition said “there are so many children and people being adversely affected by this menace namely Blue Whale Challenge and they do not even know that the same will cost their lives and their families will suffer heavily. All citizens of India will be benefited if the said menace is stopped.”
Over six children across India aged between 12-19 years have committed suicide while playing this game within a span of two weeks. Deaths of teenagers have been reported from other countries including Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Italy, the PIL said.