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Kolkata tops this global search list, but should we celebrate?

Kolkata tops this global search list, but should we celebrate?

India Blooms News Service | | 30 Aug 2017, 11:38 am
New Delhi, Aug 30 (IBNS): At least three Indian cities have found a place in the list of top five cities with most Blue Whale game searches globally.

The City of Joy tops the list.

Kolkata has surged past opponents San Antonio (US), Nairobi (Kenya), Guwahati (Assam), Chennai (TN) and Bengaluru (Karnataka).

The controversial game is linked to teenage suicide.

According to Google Trends data, Kolkata witnessed a 100 percent surge in online searches for the game over the past 12 months.

What's piling up the misery for the Indian government is the inclusion of Mumbai (Maharashtra), New Delhi and Howrah (Bengal) in that list, who take up the sixth, seventh and eight spot respectively.

Paris, hailed as the most romantic city in the world, stands at the tenth position.

Earlier, after the reports of death due to the addictive game surfaced in India, the country's Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, 'We have issued clear instructions to all IT platforms to delink from Blue Whale Challenge Game that provokes youth to commit suicide.'

The minister also termed the game as 'unacceptable'.

The Blue Whale challenge is an online game, believed to have originated in Russia.

It is a self-harm game that encourages participants to harm themselves for 50 days before killing themselves in order to win the contest.

The game has so far killed hundreds of teens in Russia and the UK.

Mumbai police are still studying how the game is played.

The Blue Whale Challenge is the brainchild of an arrested Russian national, who admitted to have manipulated impressionable minds to take on the fatal tasks.