Ban online games: DHE to colleges

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Dec 2017 11:20:23

Staff Reporter,

Department of Higher Education (DHE) has written a letter to Barkatullah University and affiliated colleges to ban online game with final challenge suggesting that players commit suicide on Saturday.The department has earlier written to the vice chancellors, principals and additional directors regarding online game, including deadly Blue Whale, last month. The department said Electronics and Information Technology Department of the Central Government is removing the deadly game from internet services.

Concerned with sensitivity of this issue, DHE has asked universities and affiliated colleges to bring awareness among youth regarding the game. Vice Chancellors, principals and education officers are asked to keep their students aware of the issue and make best effort to save the youngsters from the deadly game. DHE said Government of India has written to internet social media platforms to immediately remove the game or its variants from their platform and that, they should report any such instance to law enforcement agencies.

Ministry has also issued advisory to police authorities of all states to take immediate necessary attention in this matter. Government asked to closely monitor the situation and ensure that the game has been removed from internet social media platform and take strict criminal action against proponent of the game. A committee has also been formed under chairmanship of Dr Sanjay Bahl, Director General CERT-In to investigate all cases where suicides have been committed or attempted allegedly using the deadly games.

As the Blue Whale Challenge Game has psychological dimensions, universities and affiliated colleges are asked to form a special team comprising of Law Enforcement Officers, psychiatrists, psychologist, etc. for further action on complaints received. Considering the sensitivity and psychological nature of such cases, universities are also suggested to issue suitable directions to respective agencies on handling such cases and on providing speedy assistance and to provide counselling services to survivors and to concerned vulnerable youth and to families of victims.