Parents need to instil sense in kids’ minds: Bombay high court on Blue Whale
The bench felt the greatest burden of responsibility rests with the parents and not the state governmentUpdated: Sep 08, 2017 00:52 IST
Courts and the state administration cannot provide the answer for everything and parents also need to instil sense in the minds of their children, said the Bombay high court on Thursday while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to stop availability of the deadly online game, Blue Whale.
The division bench of chief justice Manjula Chellur and justice Nitin Jamdar said it was the duty of parents to keep a check on their children. “Parents think they [the children] have gone to college, but they go to Worli and Marine Drive,” said the bench. It was hearing a request for an urgent hearing on the PIL filed by city NGO, Citizen Circle for Social Welfare and Education.
Voicing concern over the rising number of suicides among youngsters because of the online game, the NGO sought directions to government authorities to stop its availability on the Internet. The petitioner body also sought a dedicated helpline to enable citizens to promptly inform police about the fatal game so that timely action could be taken to save lives.
“Instead of focusing on their careers, the children are losing their lives at an early age by playing Blue Whale game,” states the petition, adding that nowadays, most children begin using mobile phones at a very young age.
The bench, however, felt the greatest burden of responsibility rests with the parents. “You want the government to keep a check on the children when the parents can’t,” the bench told the petitioner organisation’s lawyer after he pressed for an urgent hearing on the PIL.
Responding to the PIL, advocate Hitendra Venegaonkar said the central government directed competent authorities to immediately remove the links to the dangerous game. The petitioner body’s lawyer, however, complained the directive has not been complied with.
The bench has now posted the PIL for hearing next week.
First Published: Sep 08, 2017 00:50 IST