In the latest incident involving the Blue Whale challenge, an Indian teenager was rescued by policemen from a lake in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
“If I don’t complete my task, my mother will die,” a distraught 17-year-old told the policemen and divers who dragged her out of the water.
The daughter of India’s Border Security Force [BSF] soldier had left home claiming to go to the market. When she did not return, her family called her to find a stranger answering her phone. After realising she had left her phone somewhere, the family started to search for her.
Meanwhile the girl was seen circling around the lake on her scooter before jumping off the cliff and into the water. Om Prakash, who watched her deliberate, said she parked her scooter and wept. “She was crying… I realised she was going to jump into the lake. I ran behind her and tried to stop her. I started talking to her and asked her what the matter is; she said my mother will die.”
“Why will your mother die?” Om said he asked her to which she replied that “her game was nearing the end and if she did not complete her task her mother would die.” She threw herself into the lake as a horrified Om jumped in to save her.
“We got information at around 11 pm last night that a girl was driving around Kaylana lake… we reached the spot. She was pulled out just in time,” said Lekhraj Sihag, a police officer
The incidents comes weeks after a 14-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of a building allegedly related to the “Blue Whale Challenge”.
The game appeals mostly to children and teenager through online chat rooms, challenging them to complete 50 macabre dares which include cutting, isolating oneself, listening to disturbing songs, spending time in graveyards, watching horror movies and finally death. The last dare is for the player to kill him/herself or watch someone else die.
This article originally appeared in the NDTV.