Since its launch in 2017, the mobile action game “Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds”, commonly known as “PUBG”, has undoubtedly become the most popular game among youngsters not only in Pakistani but across the world.
Nonetheless, excessive playing of this game has only brought harm as we see young lives being lost time and again.
Similarly, a young individual has committed suicide in Maharashtra, India. The reason behind such an extreme act? The online multiplayer game PUBG.
The 22-year-old found hanging at his home
According to Indian state police, Nikhil Purushottam Pilewan, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his home. The young man was 22.
Nikhil was a final year BA student and was working in a private firm in Pune, India. He came back home to sit for his final year exams, said the police.
According to Indian media, “He was stranded due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown at home and ended up playing PUBG for up to 16 hours daily.”
Moreover, as per Nikhil’s family, he committed suicide when his parents and brother had gone to their farm.
As per initial reports, the reason behind Nikhil decision to end his life is due to PUBG addiction. Nonetheless, the case awaits the official report.
Deaths due to PUBG?
This is not the first time a young life has been lost due to excessive PUBG addiction.
A young teenager committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in Lahore. The reason? He reportedly ‘missed his mission’ on the online gaming app.
According to the police, 16-year-old Mohammad Zakarya was unable to complete the task given by the game. Later the teenager got depressed and took such a drastic step. There is also a possibility that the teenager might be suffering from gaming disorder.
Previously, a 20-year-old boy from Lahore’s Saddar Bazaar area ended his life by hanging from a fan. The reason? His father forbade him to play PUBG.
According to reports, Jonty Joseph, 20, a resident of Lahore’s Christian Mohalla, had a quarrel with his father also on playing the online game.
Later he stormed off into in his room and the next day his family members found his body hanging from the ceiling fan in his room.
Should PUBG be banned?
According to the Punjab Police in Pakistan, they have decided to place a ban on the popular online game following the suicide incidents.
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Operations Wing) Ashfaq Khan has decided to write a letter to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority seeking a ban on the hugely popular yet brutal game. As PUBG addiction takes lives left right and center, a complete ban on the game could be deemed necessary.
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