Amitabh Bachchan on ‘Blue Whale Challenge’: Life is given to live, not give it up before time
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has expressed concern over the impact of The Blue Whale internet game which reportedly claimed the life of a teenager in Mumbai recently. He said: "Life is given to live, not give it up before time." "Reading alarming news on a dangerous internet game being played by the young! Life is given to live, not give it up before time," Amitabh posted on Twitter.
He was referring to 14-year old schoolboy Manpreet Singh Sahani allegedly walking off the fifth floor of his building in Shere-e-Punjab Colony in Andheri East on July 30 evening.
Prior to his death leap, the Class nine student texted a friend of his intentions: "I am going to the building to jump." Before anybody could rush to help him, he had already jumped off.
His friends claim that he was playing the 50-day 'dare challenge' of The Blue Whale and when he spoke of not attending school anymore and about the suicide, most dismissed it lightly.
The Blue Whale Challenge is an internet game which is said to exist in several countries, which now includes India. The game consists of a number of tasks assigned to players for a period of 50 days. The final challenge of the game is when the player ‘commits suicide’. The game derives its name ‘Blue Whale’ from the phenomenon of beached whales which are said to have committed suicide.
(With IANS Inputs)
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