India is a country that loves "bans". We'll ban anything and everything simply because a few people are offended or actually don't even understand the issue. The latest ban trend has been about the infamous battle royale game PUBG.
The game has been a raging success in the country and everyone is hooked onto it. Users are spending hours every day playing the game and thanks to its well built in-app communication, playing with friends is even more fun. Owing to the craze, children and teenagers are glued to the game and often tend to ignore studies.
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Gujarat is now officially the first state in India where the popular mobile game PUBG has been banned from primary schools. The state's primary education department has issued a circular that directs primary schools to ensure that a ban has been implemented on PUBG.
The circular directed District Primary Education Officers to take the necessary steps to enforce a ban on the game in primary schools. It said the ban was necessary as children were getting addicted to the game and it was “adversely affecting their studies”.
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Jagruti Pandya, who is the chairperson of the Gujarat child rights body, has also said that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has also issued a recommendation to ban PUBG in the entire state.
This comes after a recent report by Quartz and Jana which states that a PUBG fan spends 8 or more hours in a week on an average in India. One reason why many Indians are playing the game is that “everyone's talking about it.”
Gujarat Government isn't the first one to ban PUBG though, institutes like Vellore Institute of Technology have also banned the game in their campus. A few days ago, a fitness trainer had to be admitted to a hospital because he was addicted to PUBG. The fitness trainer got addicted to the game and played it for nearly 10 days in a row. He had to be hospitalized after he started hitting himself with blows and caused significant injury.
Virtual games are supposed to give a temporary escape from the mundane routine and are a source of entertainment. They in no way should be taken seriously, and are definitely not worth investing in by ignoring other important aspects like studies and work.
(With inputs from PTI)