While suicide of a teenager from Mumbai due to the influence of Blue Whale game makes news across the country, the Kerala government said on Wednesday that it will ask the Centre to ban the online game.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, citing reports of a large number of children getting addicted to the game that was allegedly abetting their suicide worldwide, said that the state police issued necessary alerts to make parents vigilant about the game.
While replying to a submission in the assembly, he said a large number of children and teenagers were getting addicted to the ‘Blue Whale’ game and the government will take the necessary steps to ensure that children do not get addicted.
“It is the responsibility of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT) to take necessary action in this regard. We will ask the Centre to ban the Blue Whale game in the country,” Vijayan said.
Taking up the issue, Raju Abraham MLA (CPI-M) citing reports said around 2,000 children had already downloaded the “dangerous game” in Kerala.
Over 4,000 children are said to have committed suicide due to this dangerous game worldwide. There were reports that a 14-year-old boy recently ended his life in Mumbai due to the influence of Blue Whale (game). It has now arrived in our state alsoRaju Abraham, Kerala MLA
The legislator also said many countries had already banned this computer game and wanted the state government to take necessary steps to regulate it in Kerala.
District police in Kollam had launched a campaign against the game, Abraham said, adding, a coordinated effort of school and college managements, police and organisations is needed to safeguard children from its influence.
The Blue Whale Game also “Blue Whale Challenge” is an Internet “game” allegedly comprising a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.