Balurghat: The ‘momo’ challenge now seems to have spread its wings in West Bengal’s
South Dinajpur. A college student has received a momo challenge. He stays in Rampur
which is under the Tapan police station. Panic has gripped the area after the
incident has come to the limelight.
At first, a message was received by the student in whatsapp, where it proposes him
to play the momo game. Later, he received a phone call where a person introduced
the momo game. It was also said t hat the student will have to speak for six days.
On rejecting the offer, the student was asked to keep the entire thing a secret.
Post this, he received repeated messages from another number. The student then
switched off his phone. The afraid student them lodged a complaint with the
Balurghat police super.
After blue-whale game challenge, this momo challenge has emerged and created chaos
in the entire world. Few days ago, a mysterious death of a class 12 girl was
reported from North Bengal’s Kurseong. It is presumed that the death was linked to
the momo game challenge.
The Momo Challenge reportedly started on Facebook where members were “challenged”
to communicate with an unknown number. Once the initial contact with a user is
established, the Momo account sends a number of challenging activities that are to
be completed to meet ‘Momo’. It allegedly involves challenges that encourage
children to engage in a series of violent acts that end with suicide. If a user
refuses to follow the game’s orders, Momo threatens them with violent images. The
account appears to be connected to three numbers in Japan, Mexico, and Columbia.
‘Momo’ is a social media account on popular platforms that use an image of a doll
with monstrous features, large eyes and a wide mouth to induce curiosity among
children. The artwork called Mother Bird by Link Factory is inspired by the work of
a Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who has no association with the challenge,
according to officials.