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11-year old boy seeks ban on PUBG, moves Bombay High court

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Back on Thursday, an 11-year old boy moved the Bombay high court by seeking a ban on the worldwide played game, Player unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). He filed a public interest litigation against the game, on the pretext that it promotes violence, aggression and cyber-bullying. The PIL was filed by 11-year old Aham Nizam’s mother on behalf of him. Tanveer Nizam, Aham’s 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 will likely come up for hearing before a division bench headed by Chief Justice NH Patil. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also talked about PUBG during his speech to students regarding exam stress. The game has been banned in primary schools in Gujarat by the state government. It issued a circular, telling district authorities to make sure that this game is no longer accessible in primary schools. The circular which was distributed by the state government was approved by the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

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The state government has directed the District Primary Education Officers to take necessary steps in order to ban the game in that state. In that circular it was written that it is necessary to ban PUBG because, for school going kids, it is “adversely affecting their studies”. Recently, a student body in Jammu and Kashmir, known as Jammu and Kashmir Students Association demanded a ban on PUBG. They protested that the game should be banned because it was responsible for their poor examination results.

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As per our knowledge, this ban would only be implemented on PUBG mobile and not on PC or console versions. Jagruti Pandya, Chairperson of the Gujarat child rights body said while talking about the ban being recommended by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), “The NCPCR had sent a letter to all the states and recommended a ban on the game. All the states are required to implement it. Looking at the negative effects of the game, we had recently sent a letter to the state government recommending a ban on the game.”

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