The Blue Whale Challenge has claimed its first victim in the Union Territory of Puducherry as a college student hanged himself.The Pondicherry University student committed suicide by hanging himself from tree and preliminary probe points to Blue Whale Game as the reason, reported ANI.
On Thursday, a 19-year-old college student hanged himself at his house in Tamil Nadu. In another incident in the southern part of the state, a school student in Tirunelveli hurt himself reportedly after playing the social media ‘game’ which has reportedly been linked to teenage deaths in several countries.
The deadly online challenges players for over 50 days, wherein demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller.
The game firstly asks the player to draw a whale on a piece of paper, then carve a whale figure on their body, and then gives other tasks such as watching horror movies alone etc. The tasks include the final challenge to commit suicide.
Admitting to being the driving factor behind the suicides of youngsters playing the game, Philipp Budeikin, who claims to have created the game, says that the victims were just ‘biological waste’.
“Victims were ‘happy to die’ and I am ‘cleansing society’,” Budeikin told police when he was arrested in May this year.
A 17-year-old Russian girl has also been arrested by police for allegedly being the mastermind behind the Blue Whale Challenge, that encouraged players to commit suicide.