Blue Whale Challenge can’t be banned

Prateek Goyal
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Pune: In the wake of alleged link of online suicidal game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ with the death of a 14-year-old  boy, Manpreet Sahans, who ended his life by  jumping off the five-floored building in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said he will request the Centre to ban the game. However, cyber security experts claim it is almost impossible to ban it.

Pune: In the wake of alleged link of online suicidal game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ with the death of a 14-year-old  boy, Manpreet Sahans, who ended his life by  jumping off the five-floored building in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said he will request the Centre to ban the game. However, cyber security experts claim it is almost impossible to ban it.

The deadly game was invented by 24-year-old Philipp Budeikin in 2013, who has been sentenced to three-years’ jail by a Siberian court in May for inciting 16 school girls in Russia to commit suicide and is presently lodged in a Russian jail.

The online suicidal game has been linked with the death of 130 teenagers in Russia and England. According to foreign media reports, Budeikin, in a statement given to Russian police, said the “victims of the game are a biological waste and were happy to die. Such people do not represent any value for society and cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people.” The recent death of the 14-year-old boy in Mumbai has sent ripples across the nation and has raised serious concern about the game.

The challenge starts with carving marks on the body and watching psychedelic and horror  movies and then culminates with ending life by jumping from a high-rise building.

Niranjan Reddy, a cyber security expert and founder of Net Conclave Systems said, “It is difficult to track the game. Such games should not be entertained. Each one of us should stop it from spreading.”

Rohan Nyayadheesh, another cyber security expert, says, “Need of awareness among parents is a must, as the game is almost impossible to stop. As parents, we have to restrict user access with parental control apps and have to check his or her (child) mobile device regularly.”

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