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September 02, 2017

Madras HC Will Take Action Against "Blue Whale Challenge"

Blue Whale Game

On September 1, Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan of the Madras high court said that it will take action against "deadly" online games like the 'Blue Whale Challenge' which claimed one life in Madurai district.

The bench stated this when Advocate Krishnamurthy made 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 judges said "We will take up the case suo motu" and listed the matter for further hearing. It may be recalled that Vignesh, a private college student, allegedly committed suicide on August 30 after playing the online game.

It has been said that Vignesh told his friends that he was "crazy" about the game and told his parents that he was getting isolated due to his addiction for it.

The game appears to goad vulnerable teens into killing themselves. It forces them to perform several dangerous activities, finally leading them to commit suicide. The game has claimed many lives worldwide.

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