Jaipur: Due to the rising influence of deadly online game Blue Whale in Rajasthan, director general of police (DGP) Ajit Singh on Thursday instructed police departments in all districts to take help of schools and self-help organizations in setting up awareness camps to stop the menace.
Additional DGP (crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh told the media that the Blue Whale game is a form of cyber-crime and it can prove to be lethal to the lives of teenagers.
Jodhpur’s Rajiv Gandhi Nagar and Jaipur’s Karni Vihar had reported two cases of Blue Whale game recently. 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. Similarly, a girl student of class 10 attempted suicide twice within 24 hours of jumping off a cliff near Mandore in Jodhpur to complete the last stage of deadly ‘Blue Whale’ challenge.
“The central government’s cybercrime agency CERT is also helping in our investigation” said Singh adding that in order to stop the Blue Whale game, the Rajasthan police’s cyber cell has been alerted.
The Rajasthan human rights commission has raised concerns.
Justice Prakash Tatia, the head of commission, has sought a report from the home department over the steps taken by the state government to ban Blue Whale.
The blue whale challenge is a suicide game, wherein a curator gives the participant a task each day. There are believed to be 50 such tasks, the last one is to take one’s own life.
Indian government has banned the game.
How can teachers help?
Psychologists (through the medium of district CMO), can be of help as motivators, DGP added.
Singh has also appealed parents to have a friendly relationship with children, so they are aware of personal problems teenagers face.
Here are some guidelines for parents:
If you find out that your child is already playing the Blue Whale Challenge, immediately stop him/her from using the internet from any devices. Inform your local police authority about what has happened and seek their advice on the next safety measures.