Ahmed Nizam, an 11-year old boy from Mumbai, has filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court requesting the court to impose a ban on the famous online game ‘PUBG.’ The boy is being represented by his mother, Advocate Tanvir Nizam before the court. The Public Interest Litigation mentions that the game promotes violence and cyberbullying among other immoral conducts.
The PIL states that PUBG was banned by an Online Ethics Review Committee in China for similar reasons. It also contains that India has no focused committee to review such violence-oriented content. The PIL requested the court to direct the Maharashtra government to ban the game.
With over 400 million users worldwide, PUBG is one of the most popular online games. The PIL contains the official description of the game as well. Such is the addiction of this game among the youth that Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to its craze in a public interaction about exam stress a few days ago.
Petitioner’s mother, also his counsel in the matter, had written to the State Education Minister and Chief Minister seeking action as the game was also banned in the state of Gujarat and Karnataka, according to some media reports.
The Public Interest Litigation filed is likely to come up for hearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice Naresh Patil. It also seeks directions to the Ministry of Electronics and IT to constitute a review committee to monitor such content time and again.
A World Health Organization report on ‘gaming disorder’ has also been mentioned in the PIL by the petitioner. The report explains how this gaming disorder impacts children.