PIL In Delhi HC To Remove Links Of “Blue Whale Challenge” Suicide GameAugust 16, 2017 17:15
Seeking directions to the internet firms like Google, Facebook and Yahoo to remove the links of “Blue Whale” game, a PIL was moved in Delhi High Court on Wednesday.
The Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given 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. It 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.
To restrain the internet majors from uploading any material pertaining to the Blue Whale Challenge, Advocate Gurmeet Singh, citing deaths of children in India and abroad, sought prompt directions. Singh has filed the petition in the HC. He also sought direction to the Delhi Police to appoint a special team comprising at least five members to oversee whether the internet companies comply with the court’s direction.
The government has been forced to issue directions to the internet giants to remove the links of the dangerous game, due to the sudden popularity of the lethal online game.
On Tuesday, 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. Several children in India and other countries commit suicide because of this lethal game.
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 life and their families will suffer heavily. All citizens of India will be benefited if the said menace is stopped.”
More than six children across India in the age group of 12-19 years have taken their lives playing this game within a span of two weeks.
From other countries including Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Italy, the deaths of teenagers have been reported, said the PIL.