August 24, 2018

Momo Challenge: How to be Safe?

Who doesn't know about the Blue Whale challenge, right? Well now we have a new guest in our neighborhood, none other than "Momo Challenge". How did this come into origin and what does it ask for, in this article I'm going to inform you exactly about the same. So let's know What is Momo Challenge and How to be Safe?

What is Momo Challenge?

The Momo Challenge is reported to have initiated on "Facebook" where members were “challenged” to communicate with an unknown number, The Sun reported. Once the primary contact with the target has been established, from the other side several challenges and tasks are asked to be completed in order to meet the "momo".

Momo Challenge: How to be Safe?

It provokes the target to get indulged into some challenging activities that often lead to death! if any how the target happens to fail doing the task or neglects the threat Momo threatens them with violent graphical content.

The number happens to be one from the USA, but three countries namely Japan, Mexico and Columbia seems to be related with it. Though it's origin is from Facebook, it specifically establishes contact with target via WhatsApp.

Who actually is Momo?

Momo’ is a social media account on popular platforms that uses an image of a doll with scary looks, featuring large eyes and a wide mouth bent like a crescent moon to induce curiosity among children. 

Midori Hayasi on Facebook

The artwork is inspired by the work of a Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who has no association with the challenge, according to officials. His painting of the "doll" is only used to place fear of the target. 

Death cases because of Momo challenge!

Cops in Argentina are linking the game to the death of a 12-year-old who took her own life and have issued a warning to parents, the Buenos Aires Times reported. They are hunting for the “adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages”. The National Police of Spain have warned against the “absurd challenges”.

Deaths in India due to Momo WhatsApp Challenge

After Blue Whale challenge, Momo Challenge has made its presence felt in India. A class 10 student committed suicide in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district and the police have been probing Momo Challenge behind her death. According to reports, the girl used to play an online game and was excited about reaching the last stage of the game. The 12-year-old girl hung herself to death after slitting her wrists. However, in the suicide note recovered from the spot, the girl blamed her low grades in the school as reason for the extreme step.

Momo on WhatsApp

Northern districts of West Bengal are under the grip of fears induced by 'Momo challenge' after two people committed suicide and one received invitation to play the death game over the past few days. Eighteen-year-old Manish Sarki of Kurseong in Darjeeling district of West Bengal hanged himself in a pigsty on August 20 spray painting words 'Illuminati', 'doped', 'hanged man' and the name of a girl. His parents suspect that Manish, who had played the game, committed suicide because of it. Police are attempting to open his secured phone.

Momo Challenge

Aditi Goyal (26), also of Kurseong, committed suicide on August 21. The maid was found hanging in her room. Police are investigating whether the suicide has any links with the game. The same day, on August 21, Jalpaiguri resident Kabita Rai received an invitation to play the game after she expressed her desire of commit suicidon the social media following a spat with her mother. "I had a heated argument with my mother after which I put up a status expressing my desire to die. Soon, I received message from +1(251)9995451 inviting me to play the death game," Kabita said. Immediately, she blocked the number and informed her brother and filed a police complaint at Kotwali police station.

How to Stay Safe?

1) Say NO with confidence: Be assertive. It’s your choice and you don’t have to do something which makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

2) Try not to judge them: By respecting their choices, they should respect yours.

3) Spend time with friends who can say ‘no’: It takes confidence and courage to say no to your friends. Spend time with other friends who also aren’t taking part.

4) Suggest something else to do: If you don’t feel comfortable doing what your friends are doing, suggest something else to do.

It's my deepest request to spread awareness about this life fetching menace and share this post as much as possible. :)


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