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Blue Whale challenge: Jodhpur girl attempts suicide by jumping from a cliff, rescued

Girl was attempting to complete the last stage of the deadly suicide game

February 1, 2018, 3:08 pm

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Blue Whale Challenge. Representative Image.

Jaipur: A girl student of class 10 jumped from the hills near Mandore in Jodhpur in order to complete a ‘level’ of deadly online game 'Blue Whale' around 11 pm on Monday. The 17-year-old girl is the daughter of a BSF Jawan. According to the police, the girl is a resident of Mandore area in Jodhpur. She had inflicted self-harm using knives in the recent past. Police said that she had also drawn a whale with a knief on her hand to win one of the challenges. In the last stage of the game, she was asked to jump from a hill. She left her home in Mandore on a scooty and reached nearby Kalyan – Sidhhanath hills. In order to complete the challenge, she jumped from the hills, but fell into a lake. Some pilgrims, including Omprakash and Vikram Singh, who were returning home after visiting a nearby temple saw the girl and rescued her. They then informed the police. This is the second of case of children risking their lives to complete the Blue Whale Challenge in Rajasthan. On August 25, Jaipur police rescued a Jaipur boy from Mumbai. The teenager fled from his home, reached Mumbai and bought a knife so that he could complete a challenge of Blue Whale game, but thanks to the promptness of Jaipur police, he was found before he could harm himself and brought back. Police officials said that the boy was to inflict injuries on himself, using the knife and then commit a suicide act by jumping off a building, but the police managed to locate him on the basis of his mobile phone location and rescued him. He was handed over to family members. The Blue Whale Challenge is a morbid social media ‘game’ which targets vulnerable teens and pushes them to inflict self-harm and ultimately suicide. The challenge involves 50 tasks, which are given by an administrator or curator, which have to be completed one by one. The cases of children falling prey to Blue Whale Challenge have been reported across the country. Related story: Jaipur boy fled home to complete Blue Whale Challenge, bought a knife to inflict self-harm

First published: September 5, 2017