Blue Whale Challenge: Madras HC directs strict action against those sharing game, seeks help from IIT

Blue Whale Challenge: The move by the court comes three days after the court said that it will take 'deadly'action against online games like 'Blue Whale Challenge' which claimed one life in Madurai district recently.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 4, 2017 2:20 pm
blue whale challenge, blue whale online challenge, blue whale game, madras high court, blue whale deaths, blue whale deaths in tamil nadu, online games The move by the court comes three days after the court said that it will take ‘deadly’action against online games like ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ which claimed one life in Madurai district recently.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu Police to take strict action against those sharing the Blue Whale Challenge while seeking advice from IIT Madras on removal of links of the deadly online game, news agency ANI has reported. In its submission, state police’s Crime Branch of CID (CBCID) said “Blue Whale links are blocked and that no one can download it in the state”.

The bench also directed the state and the Centre to respond by September 8 on removing the online game’s links from social media.

Three days ago, the court had said it will take “deadly” action against ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ which claimed one life in Madurai district recently. The judges had said this on an appeal by an advocate, Krishnamurthy, to the court to direct the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to ban such games and also sought permission to file a petition.

On August 30, a 19-year-old college student, Vignesh, was found hanging himself at his house in Madurai. In his suicide note, he said “the game was a devastating one… once you enter it, you would not be able to come out”. According to a PTI report, Vignesh had reportedly told his friends that he was  “crazy” about the game and also told his parents that he was getting isolated due to his addiction for it.

A day after Vignesh’s suicide came to light, a 15-year-old school student from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu hurt himself after reportedly playing the online game. Police said the boy had “harmed himself with a knife” and suffered burn injuries.

Blue whale Challenge is an online game that  involves performing a number of tasks which have to be completed by the player in 50 days.

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  1. vinita
    Sep 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    Translate SMS - SMSஐ தமிழில் மொழிபெயர் பயன்பாட்டை எவெரெனும் பயன்படுத்தி பார்த்தீர்களா? அதில்SMS ஐ நாம் எழுதி அதை மொழிபெயர்க்க வாய்ப்பு இருக்கவில்லை. அனால் இப்போது அந்த வசதியையும் இந்தபயன்பாடு அளிக்கிறது. முயற்சித்து பாருங்கள். play.google /store/apps/details?id com.translatesms.tamil
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    1. Vijay Kumar Kunthipuram
      Sep 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm
      No doubt that patents should keep an eye on their children when they play games on smart phones. But is it not the responsibility of the Govt. to take steps to put an end to such deadly games the present case it is high time the links of the game removed.
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        Sankaran Krishnan
        Sep 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm
        High Court must make the Cyber Cell of web links pages responsible if even after the Ban someone tries to down load the game and do ensure complete blockage of online game and the Games owners may try to use a new link which must be stopped at once and if any one whoever indulges in such act must be punished under Goondas Act and as well Anti-National act
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          Ivan
          Sep 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm
          Isn't it easier for the parents to just confiscate the handphones and PCs? Parents have to take action with the help of schools and the relevant authorities.
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            sk
            Sep 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm
            Cyber Police Station can take web site owners to task. Vicarious Liability on web site owners providing the game link under Section 85 of IT Act. And other sections of IPC for abetting murder. Parents to a) come forward to inform police earlier b) Counsel children on the danger nature of this game
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