How many Cases linked to blue whale challenge in Pakistan?
The Express Tribune reported earlier today that Dr. Imran Khan, a psychiatrist at Peshawar’s Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), has told them that two boys, between the ages of 19 to 21, had approached him for treatment after they fell into severe depression while trying to complete the challenges giving to them in the Blue Whale game.
The game is essentially a 50-day challenge in which the players have to perform a set of tasks given to them. As the game progresses the tasks get more gross and inhumane. Some of the tasks which we have been able to find out include carving a whale on your arm, watching scary videos all day, cutting your lip, and poking yourself with a needle. The game is said to drive people to the edge that they end up committing suicide.
According to Dr. Khan, the young men from Mardan started playing the game for fun’s sake but gradually the tasks became very dangerous and they fell into depression and hence sought out medical help. Another case of a young girl who had pushed herself to the final task of committing suicide was also reported at Peshawar’s KTH.
Moreover, all people who became victims of the game have had a history of mental illnesses. This game is not available for download on Google Play Store or the App Store. Suspicious links to the game are shared on the dark web or closed groups. Once downloaded, the game hacks all data of the user which puts fear in the players’ mind that the game moderators will find them if they don’t finish the game.
“People start suffering from depression because game moderators warn the players that if they don’t complete the assigned tasks, their families would be harmed,” said Dr. Khan.
How many suspected cases linked to Blue Whale Challenge in India?
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: Manoj C Man, a 16-year-old from Kerala, is the latest victim of the dangerous game as claimed by his mother. The young boy was found hanging at his home on July 26. Earlier, the family told the police that it was because of failed relationships and scoldings by the boy’s mother. Three days ago, however, Man’s mother filed a fresh complaint, saying the Blue Whale challenge could have led to his death.
South Zone IG Manoj Abraham said, “The Blue Whale challenge involves a series of tasks, including self-harm. The boy’s body should have wounds, inflicted as part of tasks. However, the post-mortem report hasn’t indicated any such wound. Besides, in Blue Whale, a player should jump to death. Here, the boy hanged himself. The Blue Whale challenge is only a doubt of the family. We are looking into that aspect and have seized his phone and computer.’’
Mumbai: A 14-year-old boy jumped off from the seventh floor of a building in Mumbai on July 26 evening is another suspected case of Blue Whale suicide game. The deceased, Manpreet, was a class nine student in a school in Andheri East. While locals said he played the Blue Whale game, the police said they are checking Manpreet’s cellphone and computer to ascertain the same.
As per the forensic report, the boy died due to external and internal injuruies. “He had a fractured forearm, fracture pelvic region and enlarged liver,” the expert said. The boy suffered several trauma injuries as a result of falling from the height. The police have registered a case of accidental death.
West Midnapore, West Bengal: Ankan Dey, a 15-year-old teenager from West Midnapore, West Bengal, was the first suspected Blue Whale victim in India. The teenager committed suicide in the bathroom of his house on Saturday morning, August 12, according to reports. While the police are probing if the teen played the Blue Whale challenge, there were reports that Ankan was addicted to online games.
Solapur, Maharashtra: A 14-year-old Solapur boy who left home to allegedly complete a task assigned to him in the Blue Whale game was rescued by the police on August 10 on his way to Pune. The boy appeared to be lost and silent at the time of rescue. “As soon as we were informed by our counterparts in Solapur, we intercepted the bus and rescued the boy, who was on his way to complete a task given by the Blue Whale Challenge game,” a Bhigwan police station officer said. “The boy’s businessman father came to the police station and took him home,” he added.
Indore, Madhya Pradesh: A 13-year-old was rescued by his friends when he tried to jump off the third floor of his Indore school on August 10. The boy is a student of class VII at Chamali Devi Public School at Rajendra Nagar. “We think he was tense in the last couple of days, thinking about committing suicide to accomplish the final 50th task of the game,” Additional SP Rupesh Kumar Dwivedi said.
How many teenage deaths have been linked to Blue Whale in World?
Police are said to be probing a number of suicides across Russia which they fear are linked to the online craze.
But as of yet the Blue Whale game has not been proven to be directly responsible for any deaths.
Investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported: “We have counted 130 suicides of children that took place between November 2015 to April 2016.
“Almost all these children were members of the same internet groups and lived in good, happy families.”
Two schoolgirls Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, fell to their deaths from the roof of a 14-storey apartment block.
Yulia left a note saying “End” on her social media page after she posted a picture of a big blue whale.
A 17-year-old girl from India allegedly taking part in the suicide game was so desperate to die she tried to kill herself twice in just two days,
according to reports.
She was recovering from injuries sustained while jumping into a lake when she took a near-fatal drug overdose at home.
Another unnamed 15-year-old girl was also critically injured after falling on to snowy ground from a fifth floor flat in the city of Krasnoyarsk, also Siberia. Two days earlier, a 14-year-old girl from Chita was reported to have thrown herself under a commuter train.
A 13-year-old boy was also saved from killing himself after he was spotted perching on the edge of a roof in Lviv, Ukraine.
A family raced to stop a 15-year-old girl from killing herself, with the young girl reportedly now recovering in a hospital in Barcelona.
The Russian parliament proposed a bill bringing about criminal responsibility for the creation of pro-suicide groups on social media. This will need to
be signed by President Vladimir Putin and would see those who incited others to commit suicide jailed for up to four years.
What are police doing to investigate Blue Whale related deaths?
Cops are said to have launched a probe into the sick craze sweeping Russia – the suicide capital of the world.
It was reported that two teenage boys were detained by police at the scene after allegedly filming the tragic double suicide of Yulia and Veronika.
The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a probe on “incitement to suicide” regarding the pair’s death.
In Krasnoyarsk, law enforcement recently opened three criminal cases of incitement to suicide involving schoolgirls via the groups on social media. In
all three cases, the teenagers were rescued.
One local school director told police he had received an anonymous call saying a student had joined a “group of death” and planned soon to kill herself.
The police identified the girl who explained that she had joined a “game” and had been given “tasks” by the group administrator.
She did not obey the commands, which involved self-harm, but there are fears that others did.
In the Chita case, transport police confirmed the game is a possible “cause of death”.
Last year, an alleged ringleader named as 21-year-old Philipp Budeikin was detained, and he has been charged with organising eight groups between 2013
and 2016 which “promote suicide”.
Some 15 teenagers committed suicide, and another five were rescued at the last moment, according to the case against him.
What is Instagram doing to stop the game spreading?
Instagram has started showing users a warning when they search for pictures relating to Blue Whale.
When you search for the term on the network, a notification appears which reads: “Posts with words or tags you’re searching for often encourage
behaviour that can cause harm and even lead to death.
“If you’re going through something difficult, we’d like to help.”
But directly underneath the post it gives the option to “see posts anyway”.
There are several shocking pictures of self-harm and even jokes about the sick game once you click through.
Some include pools of blood on the floor, while others appear to show a whale carved onto an arm.