A eleven year old boy approached the Bombay High Court seeking ban on popular online multiplayer game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, also called PUBG.
The boy going by Ahad Nizam filed a public interest litigation though his mother, saying that the game promotes violence, aggression and cyberbullying.
The public interest litigation also says that the court should direct the State Government of Maharashtra to ban the game.
Tanveer Nizam the boys lawyer said, “The petition has also sought a direction to the central government to form an Online Ethics Review Committee for periodical checking of such violence-oriented online content.”
The PIL is mostly to be heard by the Chief Justice N H Patil at the Bombay High Court.
Earlier the Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged the viral mobile game during an interaction with students, parents and teachers on an outreach about exam stress.
Also earlier this week the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had issued circular to enforce a ban on the game in primary schools.
(The Pigeon Express Opinion – Yes, online games like PUBG or Fortnite are addicting. From experience it’s tough to come out of such addictions. It takes time, but its gradual. For starters, parents should impose time restrictions.)