Mastermind Behind Blue Whale Challenge Arrested, She was only 17
A 17-year-old Russian girl, accused of being the mastermind behind the infamous Blue Whale Challenge, has now been arrested. The Russian Police officers have detained the teenager, who is accused of being the mastermind behind the game, which has provoked a number of children worldwide to commit suicide. The girl allegedly threatened her victims to kill themselves or their family members, if they failed to obey orders or complete tasks assigned to them in the game. She also asked the gamers to cut themselves with razor blades and other acts related to self-harm. A 21-year-old man was also accused and then arrested near Moscow for inciting adolescent girls to commit suicide. The Russian state investigators said that the female “death group administrator” used threats against family members of her victims and used to add pressure on them to obey her and commit suicide, mirror.co.uk reported.
“This administrator was sending particular tasks – often life-threatening – to each of several dozen members of the group,” said Colonel Irina Volk, of the Russian Interior Ministry.
“In contrast to similar groups, teenagers in this group were blackmailed with death threats against them or their relatives for not completing the tasks.” The accused set 50 tasks for victims aimed at “creating psychologically traumatising situations”, demanding the victims to commit suicide in the final stage. The “brainwashing” ranges from watching horror movies to waking in the middle of the night and also self harming. The unnamed suspect told alleged victims that she “was a man”.
Recently, a 19-year-old boy from Madurai hung himself, and blamed the Blue Whale Game in his suicide letter. Furthermore, the Blue Whale Challenge is suspected of being the reason behind the suicide of an MBA student of the Pondicherry University, who hung himself from a tree near the university’s hostel. Sasikumar Bora from Assam was a student of first year at the university. Following his suicide, a complaint was filed by the Pondicherry University in the Kalapet Police Station. The Pondicherry Police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy. After the primary investigation, the police suspected the Blue Whale Game of being the reason behind Bora’s suicide. Following the exponential rise in victims of this gursome challenge, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi issued a letter to all school principals to sensitize teachers & students about the Blue Whale Challenge.
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