Madras HC says it will act against ‘deadly’ online games like Blue Whale Challenge
A 19-year-old college student was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his Madurai home on August 30 after playing the dangerous Blue Whale Challenge online game .Updated: Sep 01, 2017 16:24 IST
The Madras High Court today said it will take against “deadly” online games like Blue Whale Challenge which claimed one life in Madurai district.
Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan of the Madurai bench stated this when Krishnamurthy, an advocate, 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 added that hearing would be on September 4.
It may be recalled that Vignesh, a private college student, allegedly committed suicide on August 30 after playing the online game.
Vignesh had reportedly told his friends that he was “crazy” about the game and also 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.
First Published: Sep 01, 2017 16:24 IST