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Blue Whale Challenge: UP teenager becomes latest victim of the deadly game
The lethal 'Blue Whale Challenge', is an online game that consists of around 50 tasks of fatality assigned by the administrator to the players (challengers) in order to accomplish the final mission (last stage) requiring participants to commit suicide.

According to the media reports, the deadly game has been blamed for over 100 child suicides across the world which has provoked a huge concern in India as well. The game has been responsible for promoting the suicidal behaviour among the children and teenagers.

Amid reports of increasing suicide cases in India due to the Blue Whale Challenge, the online game claimed another victim in Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday. According to the police, Parth Singh (13), a sixth class student was found hanging in his bedroom on Sunday night.

The police said that Parth had been playing Blue Whale game using his father's mobile phone from the last few days.

According to the family, Parth was supposed to attend his friend's birthday party on Sunday evening but instead the 13-year-old locked himself in the room. When he did not open the door, his father Vikram Singh, broke the door and found him hanging from the ceiling.

Maudaha Circle Officer (CO) Abhishek Yadav told IANS that Parth's suicide case seems to have been triggered by the Blue Whale game and regarding this, a probe is being carried out. He further added, "We are sending IT experts to go through the mobile records and history." 

Firstly, the Blue Whale game asks the challenger to draw a whale image on a piece of paper, then carve a whale figure on their body, and then it assigns other tasks such as standing on a bridge and roof, watching horror movies alone, poking a needle in the arm or leg, doing secret tasks etc. The game includes the final challenge (last task) which encourages players to commit suicide.

However, this is not a first suicide case in India linked with the Blue Whale game. A few days back, a 14-year-old Mumbai boy had died after jumping from the terrace of his home in order to complete the task of this deadly game.

Similarly, a tenth standard student from West Bengal's Midnapore district had allegedly committed suicide by suffocating himself.

The game was invented in Russia around four years ago by Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was sacked from his university for developing the deadly game.

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