PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds a.k.a PUBG is officially barred in Nepal with effect April 12, 2019.
Nepal’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) demanded the ban after the Metropolitan Crime Division (MCD) in Teku obtained several bad comments from educational institutions and then guardians about how exactly the game was affecting studies and mental health of students.
In accordance with NTA Spokesperson Min Prasad Aryal, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) directed almost all Nepal’s internet service providers, mobile operators, and network service providers to block streaming of PUBG.
“Parents and schools had complained that the game was affecting their children’s studies and which makes them a lot more aggressive. When we consulted with psychiatrists, and also they declared that the violence in the game will make people aggressive in real life,” claimed Dhiraj Pratap Singh, MCD Chief and Senior Superintendent of Police.
Singh added that they can obtain negative comments from eight schools and 25 individual guardians in the last one month.
Maximum cases registered were about players displaying violent behavior such as hurling mobile devices at parents for stopping children from playing PUBG and throwing mobile phones on the ground.
MCD filed a petition to ban PUBG with the Kathmandu District Court on April 12, 2019.
In accordance with Little Angel’s College of Management Bikash Neupane, students become hyper and aggressive because of the high level of addiction to the game.
But, health specialists say that banning PUBG was not a solution to the problem, particularly in a time when individuals have quick access to the internet.
The Federation of Nepali Guardians Coordinator Subhaprabhat Bhandari pressured on the need for counseling among students, parents, and teachers on how to make use of the internet.
He stated PUBG addiction was no doubt making issues, for example, aggressive behavior among students, lack of attention towards studies, incomplete homework, prolonged hours of gaming, resulting in insomnia and absenteeism.
Psychologist Gopal Dhakal reported which they were getting cases of even professionals not being able to concentrate on work and missing deadlines, besides other behavioral, societal and family issues.
He uncovered insufficient awareness among parents and teachers as the reason for addiction among children and unemployment for adults.
“Parents hand over their smartphones to kids to appease them. This issue can never be solved until players, parents, and teachers are educated,” Dhakal claimed.
Nepal Chapter of New York-based Internet Society states that banning could temporarily address the crisis, however, it would not work in the long run unless it was supported by serious awareness campaigns.
“There is an important must develop a discourse on safe internet use,” he stated.
Believe this move is going to drive lots of people to ponder on the consequences of quick access to the internet and its excessive usage.