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Blue Whale Game: Madras HC takes suo moto cognizance against deadly blue whale game

Team SoOLEGAL 4 Sep 2017 1:05pm

Blue Whale Game: Madras HC takes suo moto cognizance against deadly blue whale game

The Madras High Court bench today has taken suo moto cognizance of the deadly blue whale game challenge in public interest, after knowing that this game had already claimed the life of a 19-year-old college student, J Vignesh.

A Madurai bench of Madras High Court on Friday last week, said it will take serious actions against the deadly game Blue Whale Challenge in order to prevent it to spread any further as it has so far taken a life in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.

The division bench comprising Justices KK Sasidharan and GR Swaminathan observed that there are no specific mechanism available that can be implemented to stop this deadly game, only social awareness, surveillance on internet cafes and counseling to the students seems appropriate options to curb the cancerous growth of this deadly game. The bench requested the public, police and parents to take up arms and raise their voices against this game.

The issue arose after Senior Advocate Krishnamurthy filed an appeal to the court to direct the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to ban such games and also sought permission to file a petition.

The student J Vignesh, a private student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself last Wednesday and was found by the investigating authorities with a picture of blue whale carved on his right arm along with a suicide note left by the victim warns that the game is a disaster, once you step in, there will be no turning back.

It was reported that Vignesh told his friends that he was “obsessed” with the game and also told his parents that he was getting isolated due to the addiction for it.

The game appears to provoke vulnerable teens into killing themselves followed by a series of 50 tasks of fatality. It forces candidates to perform several wild and vicious activities, finally leading them to kill themselves. The game has claimed many lives throughout the world.

Another PIL against the game is still pending in the Delhi High Court.

Even as the Police investigate Vignesh’s untimely death, they have created a Whatsapp group for parents of children who are playing the game.

Tagged: Madras High Court   blue whale game   deadly blue whale game   Justices KK Sasidharan  
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