The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology how banned games such as PUBG, stands for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, are still accessible in India.
The apex body demanded an explanation from the ministry regarding how minors can use PUBG. Police reported that a 16-year-old boy from Lucknow shot dead his mother allegedly for trying to prevent him from playing the online video game PUBG. Another news of a 15-year-old boy from Bhiwandi, in the Thane district of Maharashtra, is accused of killing his elder brother for scolding him over playing PUBG Mobile on his phone in 2019.
Again in 2020, the Union government banned 118 Chinese applications, including PUBG Mobile and its other version PUBG Lite. These apps were deemed to be prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India by the government.
Priyanka Kanoongo, director of the child rights organization, wrote a letter to the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asking, “Why is the game available despite being legally blocked in the country?”
Also, she suggested that the commission be informed about the action taken in such incidents and provided with a list of such games being used by minors, along with their regulating bodies and regulating mechanisms, within 10 days of receiving this letter.”
Additionally, the NCPCR wrote a second letter to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), asking them to explain the current state of PUBG.