Assam Student Jumps Off Building, Police Suspect Blue Whale Challenge

A student in Assam attempted suicide by jumping on the second floor of a building on Wednesday night. Police suspect that this is a case of the self-destructive online game, the Blue Whale challenge.

The 22-year-old student, who is the second year of this undergraduate course, is admitted to a hospital in southern Assam’s Silchar with wounds on his chest and hands. His condition is considered critical. “The matter is under consideration and his handset has been seized,” said police officer Rakesh Rausan.

In recent months, incidents of teenagers who have played and tried different challenges under the Blue Whale Challenge have been rising in the country. The deadly game cost more than 100 lives around the world.

Last month, the Madurai teenager from Tamil Nadu was found in his room. Vignesh’s death is suspected of being linked to the dangerous game after a cool was found in his room. The High Court of Madras took note of the game and asked the central government and Tamil Nadu to explore the possibilities of banning it.

The 17-year-old daughter of a soldier in the Jodhpur of Rajasthan jumped from a cliff into a lake, part of the Blue Whale Challenge. She was rescued by divers and policemen.

The game, originating in Russia, gives a set of tasks to be accomplished over a period of 50 days. Some of the tasks include cutting and isolating, listening to disturbing songs, spending time in cemeteries, watching horror movies and finally jumping from a building. The last task allows the player to commit suicide.

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