A Pre-University (PU) student from the city is alleged to have committed suicide after playing the unsafe Russian-based online game "Blue Whale" challenge.
Advocate C.R. Jaya Sukin, appearing for the petitioner, urged a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud to take up the issue for urgent hearing as a large number of youngsters were getting addicted to the game and ending their lives.
The game firstly asks the player to draw a whale on a piece of paper, then carve a whale figure on their body, and then gives other tasks such as watching horror movies alone etc.
Titled "Green Whale", the challenge sets tasks for participants to protect the environment through traditional games and activities.
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In an incident that came to light after a week, it is suspected that an 18-year-old PU student Tushar who had reportedly committed suicide is alleged to have been a victim of Blue Whale challenge. "You are hereby requested to ensure that any such link of this deadly game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from your platform".
Summary: A day after 12-year-old Arham Shah allegedly committed suicide, his school director ruled out the possibility of Blue Whale challenge behind his death.
Ponnaiah has said that there was need for an immediate ban on the game and also create awareness about it, adding that so far the central government has not taken sufficient steps to make people aware of the dangers of the game.
In the recent development, the PIL was filed by Shiv Shankar Mohanty.