10 Students Arrested For Playing PUBG In Gujarat
PUBG or Player’s Unknown Battlegrounds is a battle royale game that almost everyone is familiar with these days. The game has seen massive popularity amongst teenagers and adults alike. Needless to say, a lot of school-going kids and students are hooked to the game, and this has led to an overall decrease in academic performance for a lot of students. Amidst rising concerns, On March 8, 2019, the state government of Gujarat announced that anyone found playing PUBG will be arrested under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. On March 13, 10 students were arrested for the same in Rajkot, Gujarat.
What nonsense is this?!— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) March 13, 2019
People are getting arrested just for playing #PUBG? Now Govt will lecture us on what mobile games to play?
Government is not a parent of every child in the country! pic.twitter.com/FmBz5O2tQk
This is the first time that people will hear anything of the sorts of “arrests made for gaming”. People were outraged, and a lot of them took to Twitter to address the issue. The students were ultimately released on bail, the police commissioner clarified. He also added that the booked students will be tried in a court in spite of all the circumstances.
The game ban wasn’t just limited to PUBG Mobile. A similar ban was also imposed on the “Momo Challenge”, which is a series of challenges that the user must complete in order to achieve victory and meet an imaginary character called “The Momo”. According to reports, the game involved self-harming acts that eventually led to suicide. A lot of children were affected physically as well as mentally because of the game. Another noteworthy mention is the infamous “Blue Whale” challenge that had similar self harm provoking traits.
As of now, the PUBG game is legal in the rest of the country, but seeing how the government is creating awareness regarding the game, the game may be banned in other states as well. In such a case, protests on social media may be seen, owing to the huge player base of the game.