An 18-year-old Indian boy addicted to 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' (PUBG) allegedly killed himself after his family denied him a costly smartphone for playing the online game, according to a report in the The Hindustan Times newspaper.
A case of accidental death was subsequently registered at a Mumbai police station after the teenager's body was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his residence.
Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up PUBG during his interaction with teens on the subject of exams.
#WATCH:PM replies when a mother asks what must she do as her son, a Class-IX student is distracted by online games “Ye PUBG wala hai kya? Ye samasya bhi hai, samadhaan bhi hai, hum chahe hamare bachhe tech se door chale jayen, fr toh vo ek prakar se piche jana shuru ho jaenge" pic.twitter.com/uDjqVd4RZa— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2019
During the second edition of "Pariksha pe Charcha", an annual discussion forum between the prime minister, students and parents before the board exams, a worried parent asked the PM for guidance on controlling her son's growing interest in online games, to which Modi asked: "Is he a PUBG player?"
Last week, eleven-year-old Ahad Nizam filed a petition to the Bombay High Court seeking a ban on PUBG.
"The petitioner has also sought a direction to the central government to form an Online Ethics Review Committee for periodical checking of such violence-oriented online content," NDTV quoted the petitioner's lawyer as saying.