If the Mumbai police establish a link between Blue Whale and the teenager's death, this would become the first instance of a game prompting suicide in India.
What is Blue Whale game? . However, the exact reason why he allegedly chose to take the drastic step has not been ascertained as yet.
Although United Kingdom's Safer Internet Centre has dismissed the phenomenon as 'a sensationalized fake news story, ' but school districts, police departments, and suicide prevention organizations in the USA recently issued warning asking parents to keep an eye on their kids. Manpreet's parents also asserted that their child had shown no signs of depression. A neighbour spotted him walking on his terrace holding his phone up.
The Mumbai police probing the suicide of a teenager is considering the possibility of an online suicide game, Blue Whale, prompting him to take the extreme step.
The Blue Whale is an online "suicide game" where the participants are being asked to finish a set of daring challenges over a 50-day period and then they are being told to kill themselves.
An Accidental Death Report has been registered and the police will now question the boy's friends.
Also Read: This is how a suicide bid led to Goa bridge collapse. While locals said that the boy played a suicide game named Blue Whale, the police are yet to reach a conclusion over the motive for committing suicide.The deceased, Manpreet Singh, a class nine student of a school in Andheri East, allegedly leaped to death on Saturday evening.
Once you sign up for the game, which originated in Russian Federation, it will assign you daily tasks to complete for 50 days. The final challenge requires the player to end his life.
According to a report, the ringleader of the suicide game in Russian Federation has already been arrested and jailed for three years for inciting young people to kill themselves. Kenya went on to ban the Blue whale game following a teen's death in the country.