Ban Garena Free Fire in India like PUBG Mobile? Letter shot off to PM by judge
Online games are a delight for youngsters and a nightmare for parents. And there are so many of them and that too in all hues - Garena Free Fire, Pokemon, Battleground Mobile India, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, Fortnite, PUBG and so on. The list is endless. These online games are amazingly captivating and they successfully manage to lure youngsters with their thrilling action, graphics and interactive nature. Children are fascinated and play them non-stop through the day and night or at every opportunity they get. Studies are neglected and most other activities are evaded with youngsters becoming more and more habituated. When parents see their children ''wasting'' their time on these games in this way, they are driven to distraction and they fret and worry about their future. Well, for them, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel now.
While children will despair, parents will certainly be glad to know that things are moving at the highest echelons of government. It transpires that Additional District Judge Naresh Kumar Laka has shot off a letter to PM Narendra Modi demanding that Garena Free Fire and PUBG India (Battlegrounds Mobile India) be banned in the country because they are having such a bad effect on the youth of the country, according to Times of India.
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The judge, who himself has two children, has highlighted the bad effect of these online games and wants PM Modi to take steps to ban both Garena Free Fire and PUBG India - now Battlegrounds Mobile India. Praising the PM for having taken the steps to slap a ban on PUBG Mobile India last year, Judge Laka in his letter said that these two games are easily available on Google Play and that they need to be banned as soon as possible.
The reason to call for a ban to be imposed on Garena Free Fire and PUBG India, in Judge Laka's own words, was due to the'adverse impact on the children.' Apart from the ban on the two abovementioned games, the judge said that a law should also be framed that can limit the exposure of children to online games like Garena Free Fire.
Judge Laka said that laws have been passed in China that restrict children's (up to 18 years) access to video games to 90 minutes in a day and that too till only 10PM while on holidays it could be stretched up to 180 minutes. And as such, India needs to take steps to ensure children here are not led astray. Judge Laka said that this step needs to be taken for the children's 'rightful development'.