16-year old boy tries to end life
Chandigarh: A 16-year-old boy allegedly attempted suicide by hanging himself from a fan while participating in Blue Whale Challenge in Pathankot district of Punjab, in yet other deadly fall-out of the infamous online game.
However, he was saved due to timely intervention of his parents, said a government doctor who is treating the teenager. "The boy attempted suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan. He was even making video of his actions on his mobile phone," Pathankot civil hospital, psychiatrist, Sonia Mishra said on Wednesday.
His parents brought him to the Pathankot civil hospital ten days ago when he made an attempt, she said.
Following the incident, the district administration of Pathankot has issued directions to the department concerned to hold counselling sessions for children in schools so that they stay away from the dangerous online game, which allegedly incites players to commit suicide.
Several such cases have been reported from across the country, sparking concerns.
"From tomorrow onwards, the counseling will start in educational institutions including schools," Pathankot Deputy Commissioner Neelima said on Wednesday.
The parents of the teenager had been observing unusual behavior of their only child for the past several days, the doctor said.
Mishra said while counselling, the boy acknowledged that he had been playing online Blue Whale game for the past couple of months.
In the game, the player is given certain tasks to complete over a period of 50 days. The final task leads him or her to commit suicide.
"While accepting the challenge of the blue whale game, the boy has jumped from the roof and even burnt his books," said the doctor.