Blue Whale Challenge: Child rights commission asks parents, teachers to be vigilant

New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), apex body for child rights, has urged parents and teachers to "keep a watch" on children showing abnormal and erratic behaviour due to exposure to 'Blue Whale Challenge', the lethal online game which is suspected to have led to suicides in Kerala and elsewhere in the country.

'Blue Whale' is a controversial Internet game in which a series of tasks, most brutal, are given to players for a period of 50 days by the administrators with a final challenge requiring them to commit suicide. The player is asked to share photos after finishing the different levels of the game. The game is spread via links on social media platforms.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

More than six children across India in the age group of 12-19 years are suspected to have taken their lives playing this game within a span of two weeks.

"We appeal to parents, teachers, students and all concerned individuals to keep a close watch on all those who may be showing abnormal and erratic behaviour because they may be playing online games such as the Blue Whale Challenge," the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said in a press statement.

The move comes after the government asked internet majors like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to "immediately remove" links of the deadly game from their platforms.

Law and Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has earlier warned that violation of government direction by social media platforms would be viewed "very seriously".

Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi had also written to home minister Rajnath Singh and Prasad requesting that the challenge be "removed" from the Internet.

The NCPCR said it has also written to the IT ministry thrice since May asking it to identify violators.

Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 18:25 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See