Published: Fri, October 27, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

SC Directs Doordarshan, Private TV Channels to Spread Awareness on Blue Whale

SC Directs Doordarshan, Private TV Channels to Spread Awareness on Blue Whale

The apex court has directed that both national and other private news channels must create an awareness about the killer game by educating its hazards.

On September 15, the top court had issued a notice to the Centre in connection with a plea seeking a complete ban on the Blue Whale Challenge game.

It said the competent authorities should also ensure that the program is shown on private TV channels as well.

The Blue Whale Challenge, a suicide game which is reported to have its origin from Russian Federation is a deadly virtual trap which engages depressed unaware individuals into tricking their lives.

The Supreme Court also asked Centre to set up a panel of experts to block risky virtual games like the "Choking game", "Salt and Ice Challenge", "Fire Challenge", "Cutting challenge", "Eyeball challenge" and "Human Embroidery game".

While asked by the Delhi High Court the Centre told that it has set up a committee and other experts to inquire those suicide cases allegedly due to the influence of this game. As of now the online self harm game has claimed over 100 lives all over India and many more across the world.

The apex court has also asked the government to respond to a petition seeking to firewall potentially lethal and aggressive online games that are easily available on the internet.

Delhi High Court had previously passed an order for search engines like Google and Yahoo asking them to pull down all possible links of the game. Seeing the concern of the Supreme Court, several state governments and schools have issued a list of guidelines to elevate alertness about the suicide game and have also urged parents to check the online activities of their children.

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