Maneka Gandhi Wants Blue Whale Challenge Game to be Banned

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However, while addressing a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, IG Manoj Abraham said that though two similar cases have surfaced in the past 24 hours, the investigators could not officially confirm its connection with the game.

His mother told a local channel that she had since seen changes in her son's behaviour. The game, said to have been originated in Russian Federation, gives risky tasks to the participants, each tougher than the last. The young boy, Manoj C Man, was found hanging in his home on July 26.

In an interview, Manoj's mother said that he mentioned the Blue Whale challenge to her nine months ago. In the Blue Whale Challenge, victims complete different tasks, most of which have to do with self-harm, during a 50-day period, and the final task is believed to be committing suicide.

The boy had attempted to end his life five times before, and the admin used to give him several ideas on how to commit suicide. In West Bengal's Midnapore district, police are investigating the suicide case of a 15-year-old boy who was known to be addicted to the online game.

Now the Indian government has directed technology giants such as Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo to remove all the links to the game.

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According to the police, his friends linked the death to the Blue Whale Challenge. Expressing concern over availability of such deadly games on the internet, the ministry's note said, "It is understood that an administrator of the game uses social media platform to invite /incite children to play this game, which may eventually lead them to take extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries including suicide". Each task must be filmed and shared as proof.

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On August 12, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had urged the Centre to take immediate steps to ban the Blue Whale Challenge in the country "to save precious lives".

She remembered that her son goes to the beach alone during the night.

"The Ministry of Electronics and IT in a letter to the internet majors said there are instances of children committing suicide in India while playing Blue Whale Challenge", the broadcaster said.

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