New Delhi, August 22: The Home Ministry on Tuesday issued an advisory to police across India in which the officials had asked to take strict against concerned websites that provide links to download Blue Whale game. Also Read - MHA Issues Unlock 6 Guidelines: Check Here What's Allowed, What's Not in November
“Home ministry sends an advisory to all state DGPs, asks them to take action against Blue Whale game,” India Today reported. Also Read - Unlock 6.0: Guidelines Issued in Sept to Remain Valid Till Nov-End, Lockdown to Continue in Containment Zones
The Ministry of Home Affairs came into action after a number of suicide cases were registered across India that was later linked to the deadly game. Some unconfirmed reports suggest that around 15 teenagers involved in the deadly challenge have committed suicide in last few days. Also Read - 'Dying Declaration Can't be Discarded, Mandatory Action Against Officials', MHA Issues Advisory on Women's Safety Amid Hathras Outrage
Last week Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said games like Blue Whale — that have been provoking youths to commit suicide — are “completely unacceptable”.
Prasad who was addressing the media on Wednesday said that the government has already issued instructions to all tech platforms to check the spread of “The Blue Whale Challenge”.
Last month a 14-year-old schoolboy Manpreet Singh Sahani committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of his building in Sher-e-Punjab Colony in Andheri East in Mumbai.
On Tuesday, Delhi High Court sought a response from tech companies, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter, on blocking of websites and web links associated with the infamous Blue Whale “game”.
The court also sought responses from Delhi Police and Centre on a plea seeking direction to Internet firms to immediately remove links of the deadly game.
Last week, a two judge bench in Delhi High Court had expressed concern over reports of children and “even adults” committing suicide by playing the game.
The judges expressed their concerns on why adults were getting influenced by the game. “If an adult is told to do a task, why would they jump from a building… we are wondering why both children and adults are doing this,” wondered the Delhi High Court.