A 17-year-old boy from Dehradun, Uttarakhand in India has been reported missing since Monday after he stabbed a woman with a knife to complete a task he received from a stranger in Discord.
The teenager didn’t take his phone with him when he went missing, which aided the Nehru Colony police in their investigation after the boy’s parents reported him to be missing.
The boy was reportedly tasked by a stranger in Discord to “kill someone, to suicide or to disappear.”
According to a Hindustan Times report, the senior superintendent of police Yogendra Singh Rawat, Dehradun said, “The Nehru Colony police, while probing the assault case, checked his mobile phone during which it came out that he was involved in chatting with a stranger on an online chatting platform named Discord where he was given the task of attacking a person.”
The missing teenager hasn’t been found as of yet, and the search for him is still on by the local police.
The police believe that the boy was “last seen near Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh,” and are suspecting that he might still be there.
The SSP stated that the stabbed victim is currently under treatment at a hospital. “She had sustained serious wounds in her neck and torso.”
The increment of unfortunate incidents like these over the past few years where teenagers are falling victim to cyberbullying is becoming a cause of major concern for parents. According to Mukul Verma, a Dehradun-based psychiatrist, “Parents need to monitor the online activities of their children to check what sort of platforms they are accessing. They also need to talk to them more to reduce the communication gap which is pushing them more into mobile phones.”