An eleven-year-old boy turned to the Bombay High Court on Thursday to ban the popular mobile game ‘PUBG’. Ahad Nizam, who filed a public interest petition through his mother, said that the game promotes violence, aggression, and cyber-bullying. The court should direct the Maharashtra government to ban it, PIL said. Earlier, a student union of the National Child Rights Protection Commission along with Jammu and Kashmir had also asked to ban the sport.
The petitioner’s lawyer Tanvir Nizam said, “In the petition, the central government has also been asked to provide an online ethics review committee to investigate such violence-oriented online content from time to time.”
There is a possibility of hearing before a Bench headed by Chief Justice NH Patil. PUBG or ‘Player UNDoggles Battleground’ is an online game, where 100 players fight it for free, where the only match wins.
While PUBG is mentioned in PIL, it is safe to say that it is referring to PUBG Mobile, it is a version of the game on Android and iOS which is the most popular in India, at this point where it was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Interact with students and parents about the exam a few days ago.
PUBG Mobile is developed, published and distributed by Chinese Internet giant Tencent. Outside of China, this game has downloaded more than 200 million and has 30 million daily active users.
PUBG India restrictions: A brief history
In India, due to the popularity of the game, calls were made to restrict it. First of all, it was claimed in the form of a duplicate image last year that the “High Court of Maharashtra” banned the game.
However, after a few weeks, the J & K Student Union had asked Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Naik to ban the sport. The Association claims that PUBG mobile games are extremely addictive and have recently got bad results for students in the tenth and twelfth board exam. In fact, this PUBG mobilized mobile in comparison to drugs. The state’s governor has nothing to say on the matter yet.
According to a report on Priest Kashmir, the Vice President said that the game should have been banned immediately after the poor performance of the 12th and 10th grade, but so far we have not taken any action. “The addition of this game has become more addictive than drug addiction because we get to watch the youth do not do anything while playing 24 hours on the mobile phone and playing the game. We request the government administration to immediately ban this game. ”
After this, the Gujarat government issued a circular a week ago to ask district officials to ensure the ban on the online multiplayer game player UNDOG’s Battleground, which is called the popular pub.
Officials said that after the recommendation of the Gujarat State Child Rights Protection Commission, the circular of State Primary Education Department was issued. Separately, the National Child Rights Protection Commission is calling for a ban on this sport across the country. The Commission has recommended the PUBG ban by sending a letter to all the State Governments.
The circular directed the District Primary Education Officers to take the necessary steps to ban sports in primary schools. It said that restrictions were necessary because the children were becoming addicted to the game and it was “adapting to their studies”.