At least 30 children in the Dantewada district of Chinese origin were found while challenging the blue whale, police said Friday, highlighting the growing scope of the deadly game in stretches even far from India.
Abhishek Pallav, deputy police supervisor, told the Hindustan Times that they “rescued” 30 tribal children from the government’s high school, Dantewada, on Thursday after school officials reported that students had used blades and “other sharp objects to carve the shapes of the whales in their arms – a revealing sign of the Russian-born self-harm game that has cost hundreds of lives worldwide.The children were sent for advice.
“They played a local adaptation of the Blue Whale game, and they thought the game would help them solve their personal problems.” It was a kind of healing of the faith, “Pallav said.
This is the latest in a series of reported cases in India of online gambling deaths or attempted suicide attempts, first developed in Russia. Last month a 19-year-old student was found clinging to the ceiling fan in Tamil Nadu Madurai as part of the game, where players are invited to perform 50 increasingly difficult tasks of self-mutilation culminating in an offer suicidal. Each task must be filmed and shared as “test”. The tasks vary from others, watching scary movies to wake up at unusual hours.
The government has issued advisory and police teams in the states that work with schools to advise teens and keep them away from online gambling. But the growing penetration of mobile phones and the growing curiosity of teenagers proved to be a difficult challenge for the authorities.
Police said the game appeared to have hit the desolate neighborhood, one of the country’s poorest and insurgent violence, about two months ago. Authorities now talk to students’ parents and search their homes for more clues.
“One child said that if he played the game, his father got out of alcohol, another said he wanted to prevent his father from marrying her by force. They had to know the game through the newspaper or the Internet.” It seems like a child guide others on the game, “said Pallav Hindustan Times.The police have now ordered an in-depth search of other schools in the area.The school principal, LB Yadav, was not available for comment.
Officials say they are going to be scattered in the game – but these records end up being a double-edged sword as it arouses curiosity about the Blue Whale Challenge and its fans. “The children say that their personal problems are solved by cutting and inflicting pain on themselves,” Pallav said.