Delhi's Child Rights Body Lists PUBG, Fortnite & Other Online Games As 'Negative' For Kids

| February 5 , 2019 , 16:24 IST

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on Monday listed a few online video games as full of misogyny, hate, deceit, vengeance and having an adverse impact on the children's brain.

The commission included video games like PlayerUnknown'Battlegrounds (PUBG), Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Hitman, Plague Inc, and Pokemon in the list.

All these games have received a lot of flak in India recently owing to their violent and sexual content. DCPCR has also requested the directorate of education (DoE) to ask schools to spread awareness about the ill-effects of online gaming.

"There are several games in which children can murder zombies or drive vehicles at boisterous speeds. These games are full of misogyny, hate, deceit and vengeance and it may negatively impact their brain," said the advisory.

DCPCR member Ranjana Prasad said the advisory was sent out as a pre-emptive measure, taking cognizance of "reports of accidents caused by these games in Gujarat and Mumbai".

Earlier the Gujarat government had asked district authorities to ensure a complete ban on online multi-player game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG.

PUBG and Fortnite have become extremely popular in India, and there are school kids and college students who play the game regularly.

In India, where earlier online and video gaming was limited because it was expensive as a gaming PC or a gaming console with the high-end television was out of reach for many teenagers and youngsters these days have access to high-quality games like PUBG and Fortnite on their phones easily. This is likely one of the reasons why these games have become extremely popular in India.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has already recommended a ban on the game across the country. 


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