An eleven-year-old boy went to the Bombay High Court and sought a ban on the popular mobile game ‘PUBG’. Ahad Nizam filed the public interest litigation with help from his mother and claimed that the game promoted violence, aggression, and cyber-bullying. He also said that the court should direct the Maharashtra government to ban it. Earlier, students union from Jammu and Kashmir and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights also asked for a ban on the game. Apart from the Gujarat government, no other government agency has pleaded for a ban on the game till now.
The petitioner’s lawyer Tanveer Nizam said- “The petition has sought a direction to the central government which needs to form an Online Ethics Review Committee for periodical checking of violence-oriented online content as such.”
PUBG Mobile has been developed, published, and distributed by the Chinese Internet giant Tencent. Outside China, the game has reached more than 200 million downloads and has hit 30 million daily active users.
The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association claimed that PUBG Mobile game is extremely addictive and this has resulted in poor results for students during the recent class X and XII board exams.
The Deputy Chairman Raqif Makhdoomi, according to a report on Pristine Kashmir said- “The game should be banned immediately after looking at the poor performance of 12th and 10th class results but it still hasn’t been done. The addiction to such a game has been a matter of concern more than addiction to drugs since we have been seeing youngsters who are 24 hours on mobile phones playing the game and doing nothing. We hereby request the government administration to immediately ban such a game.”
The Gujarat government also issued a circular last week asking district authorities to ban the online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The circular which was directed District Primary Education Officers will be taking necessary steps which will enforce a ban on the game in primary schools. It said that the ban was necessary since children had become addicted to the game and it was “adversely affecting their studies” as well.