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‘Blue Whale’ game is totally unacceptable: India’s IT minister

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New Delhi: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said tough measures have been taken against games like Blue Whale which has allegedly provoked young people in the country to commit suicide.

The game is completely ‘unacceptable’, he said.

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He said his government has issued instructions to all IT platforms to delink from Blue Whale Challenge Game that provokes youth to commit suicide.

“We have issued clear instructions to all IT platforms to delink from Blue Whale Challenge Game that provokes youth to commit suicide,” he said.

The Minister made the comment at a time when few suicide cases were reported from different parts of India which are assumed to be linked to the Blue Whale game.

Police in India’s Financial Capital had sounded alert earlier this month after a teen’s alleged suicide was linked to the infamous Blue Whale Challenge, reports said.

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The victim has been identified as a 14-year-old boy, who jumped off the terrace from his five-floor Andheri (east) apartment on Saturday.

The Blue Whale challenge is an online game, believed to have originated in Russia.

It is a self-harm game that encourages participants to harm themselves for 50 days before killing themselves in order to win the contest.

The game has so far killed 100 teens in Russia and the UK.

Mumbai police are still studying how the game is played.

The Blue Whale Challenge is the brainchild of an arrested Russian national, who admitted to have manipulated impressionable minds to take on the fatal tasks.

–India Blooms News Service

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