Blue Whale game: Supreme Court orders broadcasters to create awareness programme

by Jared Lewis October 30, 2017, 1:06
Blue Whale game: Supreme Court orders broadcasters to create awareness programme

The SC bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Misra asked the public service broadcaster, Doordarshan and other private channels to generate awareness about the game by telecasting its hazards in their prime-time programme.

The Bench noted the correspondence of CERT with various concerned agencies and observed, "The Centre is determined to stop this game as it has potentiality to destroy the marrows of life..."

The Blue Whale Challenge essentially goads players into carrying out a series of tasks, the final one being suicide.

Kalita argued that these games too have the potential to cause fatalities or serious damage to the life and psyche of youth and said it was the "responsibility of all the stakeholders to curb this menace and prevent its further spreading like cyber virus amongst the teenagers just like the Blue Whale Challenge".

The bench said "lonely" and "depressed" children are usually attracted towards such unsafe games and asked the Centre to take steps to ensure that no such deaths occur. Needless to say that the programme has to be conceived by Doordarshan in consultation with ministries of women and child development; and human resource development in a week.

The Supreme Court's order comes in the wake of a petition filed by a 73-year-old Chennai advocate, NS Ponnaiah, who blamed the game for 100 suicides throughout the country in recent times. Additionally, it also instructed private channels to telecast the same programme at appropriate time.

The Centre in its reply told SC that it has set up an expert committee to look into the issue and file a report within three weeks.

While explaining the dangers of the game, Senior Advocate Vijay Hansaria outlined the various steps - 50 in all - that culminate in the player's suicide.

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

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