PUBG Mobile linked to teen suicide in Haryana

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Jul 08 2019
PUBG Mobile linked to teen suicide in Haryana

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A 17 year old teenager in Jind, Haryana reportedly committed suicide after his mother scolded him for playing PUBG.

Apparently, his phone was taken away and he hung himself.

PUBG Mobile has been in the news for a long time, and not always for the right reasons. The online battle royale title has been linked by various entities and governments to be addictive in nature. It was also banned in Gujarat, Nepal, and recently in Jordan over "Negative Effects" on players. Now, addiction to the game has allegedly cause the death of a 17-year-old in Jind, Haryana. As per a Times of India report, the boy committed suicide by hanging himself after he was scolded by his mother and his phone was taken away for playing PUBG Mobile. 

The teenager apparently dropped out of school after completing Class X, about a year ago, after which he is said to have spent most of his time playing PUBG Mobile. The boy’s father is said to be a policeman who said that his son was often scolded for playing PUBG after giving up his studies. "I was on duty on Saturday evening when my wife found him playing PUBG in his room and snatched his mobile phone. She found him hanging in the room the next morning," the father said, reports TOI. 

This is not the first time that such a dreadful incident is being linked to PUBG Mobile. It was recently reported that a 15-year-old minor in Thane, Mumbai, allegedly stabbed his elder brother to death for scolding him for playing PUBG Mobile. Previously, a 16-year-old reportedly died of a heart attack in Neemuch town of Madhya Pradesh after playing the game for six hours straight and losing in-game. However, it should be noted that such incidents can’t necessarily be blamed on the game itself. 

Parents need to educate and inform their children about the adverse effects of being glued to screens all the time. Such unfortunate incidents remind us that young minds need to be guided, and in some cases restricted from not only digital devices but other things that can be similarly addictive, if not practised in moderation. There are multiple digital well-being apps that can be used to limit a child’s activity on a phone too and parents can monitor and restrict what their kids have access to on devices via such apps. 

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