The Blue Whale Game also called “Blue Whale Challenge”, is an Internet “game” that is claimed to exist in several countries.The game is actually consist of several task that is given by the administrator to the player.among them the last task is to commit suicide.
This game has claimed many fresh life in various parts of the globe.The scary game is making headlines today.But many people dont know a much about the game so they get trapped.So this article is written to make people know about the game and its demerits.Stay safe.
What does “Blue Whale” mean?
The term “blue whale” comes from the phenomenon beached whales,which is linked to suicide.Beaching is a phenomenon in which cetaceans strand themselves on land,especially on beaches.Beached whales die due to dehydration,collapsing under their own weightor drowning when high tide covers the blowhole.So basically they die because of their own fault.
About the game:-
The game is based on the relationship between the challengers and the administrators.It is consist of a series of duties given by the administrators to the players to complete.Usually one task is given per day,some of which involves self-mutilation.Some taskscan be given in advance, while others can be passed on by the administrators on that day,the last task being suicide.
The list of tasks tobe completed in 50 days ,includes waking up at 4:20 A.M.,climbing a crane,carving a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm,doing secret tasks,poking a needle to the arm or leg,standing on a bridge or roof,listening to music,watching scary movies and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrators.The tasks are completed by sending proof-pictures and videos-to the curator who are instructing them.
Origin of the game:-
The game was reportedly started in Russia in 2013 with F57 ,one of the names of the so called “death group” of VKontakte-Russia’s largest social network_and allegedly caused its first suicide in 2015.Philipp Budeikin,a former psychology student who was expelled from the college claimed that he invented the game.According to Budeikin, his purpose was to “clean” the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value.He was arrested with charges of inciting at least 16 teenagers to kill themselves.On May11,Budeikin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.In Russia in 2016, Blue Whale came into broader use among teenagers after a journalist brought attention to it through an article that linked many unrelated suicide victims to the Blue Whale,creating a wave of moral panic in Russia.
Cases in India and other countries:-
The first case of Blue Whale suicide in India was reported on july 30,when a 14 year old boy jumped to death from the seventh floor of a building in Mumbai.On August 10,a Class VII student in Indore was pulled away before he could take the final laep.A Class X student in West Bengal commited suicide playing the game.His body was found in the bathroom,with his face covered with plastic.
US: The body of a 15 year old was found in San Antonio,Texas,on July 8.A 16 year old girl from Atlanta killed herself.
Brazil: A 15 year old student was pulled back when she was preparing to jump from the parapet of Buarque de Macedo Bridge.A 17 year old boy from Sao Paolo was saved by fire fighters when he was preparing to jump an overpass.
Italy: The suicide of a teenager in Leghorn was linked to the game.
Argentina:On june 27, a 16 year old boy died in Entre Rios.He was reportedly hospitalised after attempting to complete the final suicide challenge.
China: In Ningbo,Zhejiang, a suicide group was founded by a 10 year old girl who posted several photos of self mutilation realted to the game.
Russia: In march 2017, authorities werw investigating multiple cases of suicide related to the phenomenon.In February, two 15 year old boys jumped off a building in Siberia after completing the 50 tasks.
India’s Ministry of Electronics and It has directed internet platforms like Google,Facebook,WhatsApp,Instagram,Yahoo to remove the links to the online game.This was followed by a petition from the Ministry of Women and Child Development,demanding a ban on the game.
The Russian Duma passed a bill on May 26,introducing criminal responsibility for creating pro-suicide groups in social media.The law imposes a punishment of maximum six years in prison.