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Blue Whale challenge claims another young victim as boy suffocates self to death


Daijiworld Media Network

Aug 13: The self-destructive Blue Whale challenge has claimed life of a Class 10 student hailing from West Bengal, who suffocated himself in order to complete the game.

Fourteen year old Ankan Dey was a student of a local school in West Midnapore district. On Saturday he returned from school and told his mother that he will have lunch after bath. However, as he did not come out from bath even after a long time, his family broke open the door to find him lying motionless with his head was covered with a plastic bag tied tightly around his neck with a cotton cord.

He was rushed to the hospital but pronounced brought dead. As per reports, he was last seen playing the Blue whale online challenge.

The game is known to have taken lives of over 150 vulnerable teens across the world. Three such cases have earlier been reported in India too.

The 50-day online challenge requires the participant to complete different tasks, one each day. The tasks are given by an anonymous ‘handler’ and the participant needs to complete the task and send photos or videos as proof.

The tasks assigned are extremely dangerous and includes self mutilation, watching horror content alone, standing at the edge of a bridge or balcony etc. The final task is always suicide and the ‘handler’ gives instruction to the teen on how to end one’s life.

Last month, a student of Class 9 in Mumbai's Andheri committed suicide, apparently because of the Blue Whale challenge. He posted what he called his "last picture" on Instagram before jumping off a building in the Andheri suburb. A 13 year old boy from Indore also tried to take his life by jumping from the third floor of his school building but fortunately was saved after intervention from his friends and teachers.

The game is believed to be created by Philipp Budeikin, a 22-year-old Russian psychology student who was later expelled. Budeikin says that he aims to "clean" the society by pushing those who have no value to commit suicide. He terms people who participate in the game as "biological waste".

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    Many more such incidents will come. Better Govt. to stop this game and save the young boys from this tragedy.

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  • Syl, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    This game is not only something to do with Govt Blocking. Etc. Govt can block one such game and there will be several such games built again. This game success is a sure sign of how parents and children are loosing connection between their relations and are indeed so busy or rather cannot read what changes their kids are going through this process.. is 50 days to reach ultimate final stage not enough for parents to understand the physiological and behavioral changes in their childs life? Cmon.
    Its time to get closer to your children as its easy for them to get lost to digital media, whtsapp, fb, insta etc. the best social life they can spend is with humans- friends, family... Bk in days.. this was social media..isn't it??

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  • mohammed dammam, kundapur , dmm ksa

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    can't indian goverement block this site to stop futher disaster !!!!???????

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  • madhava kalyani, mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 14 2017

    Are they street children ?what parents are doing ? Are they busy than Donald Trump?

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  • Thomas Scaria, Mangalore, Colombo

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Please block this site. Everyone need to raise their voice against this murderous game. Teenagers just follow challenge till death. This Psychopath behind this dangerous game has to be hanged. He is just in Jail, enjoying the reports from all over the world!

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  • DYLAN, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    What is our digital India doin? Cannot we block this site from our innocent children. Who is Philipp Budeikin to decide on "biological waste"? Our PM only talking on digital India, why cannot they block this from our children.

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  • Kishan, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    There is no site for this game. They communicate through instagram and facebook.

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    I feel when you come from a country that has a depressing Winter 11 months of the year, I would expect such games to be made in such places.... Mr. Budeikin, I hope you have become pretty rich because, Death comes to all... Enjoy your life on earth, I feel when you roast in hell, you can remember the good times you had.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    @Vijay mangalore,winter is not only he is having.There are other people too .Difference is he is a Psycho person.and makes others too ,and earns his money out of it.sad people fall to his trick and loose life.Only if his opfer realize this and let it,then only relief is there.How sad young people fall mostly in this net.Better if this game should be closed for ever.takeout of net of dangerous play.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Death due to computer game is ridiculous...
    People who have tendency to accept others order has no thinking capabilities at all...

    Now please login to that online game and blast that stupid handler..
    If possible hack his web server and remotely shut down..

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  • Shalma Lobo, Bajpe / Sharjah

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Lack of knowledge on preciousness of life....

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  • Lynette Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Wonder why these games are still available online and not blocked as yet.

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Self-preservation is one of the traits that are necessary for any living being. Those who don't have it.... are simply unfit to pass on their genes.

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  • BhakSala, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    This are mostly NRI kids and their parents should be blamed for this tragedy they should know how to discipline their children I had seen may NRI people who come on vacation to India succumbing to their children’s unreasonable demand i strictly instruct NRI parents to mid their children properly and discipline them and this is my strict order

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  • Nihaal, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Why are you blaming only NRI kids and parents? This phenomenon of online/video gaming addiction is widespread across India. If we go by statistics, the two very unfortunate deaths that have happened in India are of local kids. This is the case all over the world and across societies. Parents need to step up and keep a close watch on their children - give them the needed time, attention, love and care.

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  • SKM, MANGALORE

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Is there any way to block such stupid games? and make it non accessible to all.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Why blame FEKU ...

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  • Shivanand, Udipi / Qatar

    Sun, Aug 13 2017

    Majboori and habituated....

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