The “dart-based” game, Blue Whale Challenge, makes headlines because of its sinister nature. The 50-day challenge is designed to help participants complete 50 tasks including self-mutilation, physical dismemberment and viewing of frightening videos. As the game progresses, the participants reach the last day that is supposed to end in suicide. Competitors must demonstrate that they have done the work by sending evidence – photographs and videos – to their “commissioner” or “whale” who asked them all. The challenge would have caused more than 130 deaths to date, with many suicides among teenagers in India. ET magazine examines its origin and reported victims worldwide.
The dare-based “game”, Blue Whale Challenge, is making headlines for its sinister nature. Here are the list of other such insane and killer games which are making headlines:
The game would have started in Russia in 2013 with F57, one of the so-called “death group” of VKontakte – Russia’s largest social network – and would have caused its first suicide in 2015. Philipp Budeikin psychology student was expelled of the university, claimed that he invented the game. According to Budeikin, his goal was to “cleanse” society by pushing suicide to those he considered useless. He was arrested on charges of inciting at least 16 teenagers to commit suicide. On 11 May, Budeikin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.
What does “Blue Whale” mean?
The term “blue whale” is derived from the phenomenon of stranded whales, which is linked to suicide. Beaching is a phenomenon in which cetaceans infiltrate the land, usually on a beach. Stranded whales die due to dehydration, collapse under their own weight or drowning when high tide covers the blowing hole.
Cases in India
The first blue whale suicide case in India was reported on July 30, when a 14-year-old boy jumped to the seventh floor of a building in Mumbai. On August 10, a class VII student in Indore was removed before he could take the last step. He apparently registered the 50 steps in his school newspaper. A class X student in West Bengal, who allegedly played the game, committed suicide on 12 August. His body was found in the bathroom, his face covered with a plastic bag and a cord around his neck.