Battle Royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds is once again under fire in India. The game, which is regularly accused of being the source of violent behaviour in children, is yet again facing a ban, this time due to a petition from a man in Lahore.
As reported by Pakistani publication Samaa, a new petition which calls for the ban of PUBG has been filed in the Punjab High Court. Bilal Riaz Sheikh, the lawyer behind the petition, has called some of PUBG’s features “problematic.”
“The game has a negative impact on children. They are becoming more ruthless and violent,” he said.
PUBG has been a hot topic in India for the past few years, with many cities having banned the game due to concerns over children playing it.
Last year, the National Child Rights Commission (NCPCR) said that they recommended banning the game because of the violence throughout it.
The Navbharat Times wrote at the time: “There are dangerous consequences to this game. Many children have lost their mental balance.”
Meanwhile, Times of India also blamed the game for an increase of the number of children bringing weapons to school back in September last year.
The Indian publication stated that knives, iron chains and toy guns being brought to school had led to the expulsion of five children from a school in Moradabad.
Brijesh Kumar, principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, said in a statement: “The whole matter is related to PUBG game. Influenced by it, the children reached the school with Chinese guns and knives.
“Their parents were immediately called and the students were sent back to their homes. They have been suspended from the school for a week. Not only this, we have also warned they will be rusticated from the school if they repeat these kinds of acts inside the school premises.”
It seems the controversy over PUBG will continue in India.
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