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Blue Whale Challenge game claims teenager’s life in Thiruvananthapuram

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017,11:32 IST By joji A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Even as alarm continues to spread across India over the frightening Blue Whale Challenge, the first suspected case of the death of a teenager addicted to the game has been reported in Kerala.

16-year-old Manoj, a Plus 2 student hailing from Perumkulam in Thiruvananthapuram, was found hanging in his bedroom on July 26. Vilippilshala police had registered a case of unnatural death, and were investigating the case.

But the police have not confirmed that the teenager committed suicide for the game.

On Tuesday, Manoj’s mother told police that she suspects that her son’s death was related to the Blue Whale Challenge.

The boy was intensely influenced by the killer game that he did not heed to his mother’s efforts to discourage Manoj from playing it.

The boy’s mother told a Malayalam TV channel that her son had downloaded the game in November last.
“He said in the last stage of the game, one should either commit suicide or murder someone. I got scared after hearing it and asked my son not to play the game,” she said.
She said the boy had once hurt himself using a compass and jumped into a river though he did not know how to swim. He was later rescued.
Before he took the extreme step, my son had deleted the game from his mobile phone, the woman added.
The statements of the family have been recorded and investigations are on, police said.
The Centre has directed internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove links of the ‘dangerous’ online game, which has reportedly led to suicide of children in India and other countries.
On August 12, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had urged the Centre to take immediate steps to ban the Blue Whale Challenge in the country “to save precious lives”.