The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEIT) has been directed by the Bombay High Court to assess and review online game PUBG and to take action if any objectionable content is found. The PIL was filed by an 11-year-old Ahad Nizam, represented by his father Tanveer Nizam. The PIL alleged that the online game promotes immoral conduct, such as violence, murder, aggression, looting, gaming addiction, and cyber bullying. Therefore, should be banned by schools. To which, the government pleader Poornima Kantharia had submitted that schools already do not allow access to mobile phones or the game.
A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice NM Jamdar questioned the prayer in the petition and said that “how can you say that schools should ban the game? Schools will say we already do not allow mobiles. And if parents are permitting their children to access mobiles and play such games then what will school do? Parents should ensure that kids stay away from such games if there is objectionable content.”
PUBG is one of the most popular online game in the world with almost 400 million players worldwide.The PIL seeks direction to ban PUBG in schools forthwith. It also sought directions to the Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India to form an online Ethics Review Committee to monitor such content from time to time. For the time being, the court has adjourned the matter and posted it for hearing after vacations. After the PIL was filed, an intervention application was also filed by two law students from Nagpur arguing in favour of the game and against the ban.
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