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THE CONUNDRUM OF ONLINE GAMES: AN ANALYSIS OF THE BLUE WHALE GAME CASE

By Khushi Bansal, Goutam Puri & Varnika Bhardwaj

(Students, Symbiosis Law School, Noida)


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Abstract
In the so-called modern society, children devote a greater percentage of their time playing online games over the internet and this sometimes can be way too hazardous, this was also seen in the case that we have studied. This paper is an attempt to analyse the recent case of The Registrar (Judicial) v. The Secretary to Government which was decided on 12th September, 2017 by the honourable Madras High Court. This case was based on the threat and menace which the online game of ‘Blue Whale’ created not just in India but around the world. This paper is organised in four parts. The first part includes the particulars of the case, how the game works and the facts of this case. The second part tries to highlight the legal issues presented before the court. The third part of this paper includes the judgement given by the honourable Madras High Court and also the directions issued by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the honourable Supreme Court. It also includes the analysis of this case and our opinion on the verdict. The fourth and last part tries to examine the way forward and what can be done to stop the menace of online games at the preliminary level itself. These steps will help in ensuring that children play online games on the internet in a secure manner.
Keywords
Online games, Blue Whale Game, addiction to gaming.

TypeResearch Paper
InformationLex Humanitariae: Journal for a Change, Volume III Issue I, Pages 254-259
DOI Linkhttps://doi-ds.org/doilink/04.2022-98164254/lexhumanitariae/V3I1/A31
ISSN 2582-5216
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