ADJ Naresh Kumar Laka has written to the PM requesting him to ban two online games — Free Fire and PUBG India — on the lines of the government’s earlier decision to disallow PUBG Mobile.
Several studies have shown that many children spend an unacceptable number of hours playing video games. This affects both their physical and mental health. Banning video games, however, is unlikely to solve the problem. The issue is primarily about parental responsibility and needs to be tackled in individual households. Parents must devise their own ways to deal with it.
“The citizens of the country appreciated your action in banning the notorious game PUBG Mobile which caused devastating adverse effect on the development of children. But recently two similar games, namely, Free Fire (Garena Free Fire — Rampage) and PUBG India (Battle Grounds Mobile India), are also causing adverse impact on the children like the previous PUBG,” he wrote.
Laka said children spend long hours playing such games, which disturbs their normal life and affects their family and social behaviour. He suggested a law be framed to restrict exposure of children to such games.