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State enforcement agencies to ensure ban on Blue-Whale challenge: UP ADG

[India], August 22 (ANI): The Additional Director General of Police Uttar Pradesh Anand Kumar on Tuesday said that the Centre has ordered enforcement agencies of various states to take cognizance of the Blue-Whale Challenge and ensure complete ban on the online dare which has claimed numerous lives.

“The Blue Whale Challenge has influenced a lot of children all over the country and we received an order from the government which asked us to ban the game and investigate into the matter,” Kumar said.

Kumar further said that the police, along with various NGOs, will try and raise awareness about the game amongst children and parents.

Earlier today, the Delhi High Court sought response from the managing directors (MDs) of social media organizations like Facebook India, Google India and Yahoo India, along with the Delhi Police and the Centre, regarding a plea seeking ban on online game ‘Blue Whale Challenge.’

The High Court also asked them to take down the links of the online game.

More than six children across India, in the age group of 12-19 years, committed suicide while playing this game within a span of two weeks.

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. (ANI)

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