Indian police arrest 10 over PUBG ban

    
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Four cities in the Indian state of Gujarat have instituted a ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds over concern that the game causes violent behavior. The ban, which began on March 6th in the cities of Rajkot, Surat, Gir Somnath, and Bhavnagar, was instituted by local police, who claim that because of PUBG, “the education of children and youth are being affected and it affects the behaviour, manners, speech, and development of the youth and children.”

Although the ban appears to be a temporary measure in effect only until March 30th, reports indicate that police have already detained or arrested multiple people for violating the ban, including 10 players from Rajkat who were “taken into custody” for being caught playing PUBG Mobile but were “later released with a warning,” according to The Guardian. In a statement regarding the arrests, police inspector Rohit Raval claimed that PUBG is “highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing [it] that they could not even notice our team approaching him.” For the record, numerous studies — including a recent one from Oxford University — have routinely shown that there is no evidence to support a link between violent video games and violent behavior in players.

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Feyd Darkholme

The country responsible for this does NOT get to be fascists…

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Feyd Darkholme

By the way, it’s even better at 150% speed! :D

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Robert Mann

Eastern civilizations… showing us the dystopian future we must act to avoid almost continually. Yikes.

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K38FishTacos

It’s not about violence.

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Weilan

India is as wack as its movies…

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Utakata

…they even break out in song during trail proceedings? o.O

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David Harrison

The thought police are in full affect.

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Ririrawr

pfft, has zilch all to do with violence… here’s the missing context (also the entire situation is kinna dumdum, just for… different reasons):

it is march, this month is THE big exam month for all schools in india :P

so, basically, all kids have been grounded from games

in this case, games = super easily accessible and addictive (to an extent, and definitely more so to this age group) games available thru any smartypants phone

aka, gov’t to kids w/ phones and net = STUDY

ban gets lifted at end of month

also, this is primarily to appease the parents who go: “they no listen to us, halp, civil servants, haaaaalp”

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silverlock

Thanks for the context it’s good to know the real reason behind this.

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Ririrawr

yw!

i still find it very amusing (and adorable) that the gov’t went in on this full tilt

it isn’t about the games or arrests but just pure intimidation: “kids, better not be gaming during exams month… or ELSE!!!”

and yeah, no ‘actual’ arrests nor permanent record changes etc. were ever planned; the intention is just to spook them … hopefully none of that, um… ‘targeted audience’ is reading this…

but to be clear, all that language used for implementing the ban, was made solely so it can be upheld in case some bozo decides to question/drag the ruling to court annnnd to actually have a ‘consequence’ dangling from the ceiling :3

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Bruno Brito

But to be arrested because of exams is pretty fucked up.

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Ririrawr


psst…

no teens arrested
(they were ‘detained’ and let go with a ‘stern warning’)

only adults who ignored the ban got charged

…and mebe 1 kid that got kinda… aggravated and was threatening self harm (unverified)

if they REALLY wanted to impose a ban, they wouldn’t be able to even connect to the game sites (via normal means)

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Bruno Brito

Being taken is being arrested, independent of the release. Kids being escorted to a station by a police officer because of gaming is fucking idiotic. You’re trying to downplay this. Why?

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Ririrawr

not downplaying but i am

a) not ignoring that it was a (temp) banned activity

b) aware of how in some countries/places ‘community policing/watch’ work… for example small town sheriff/whatever getting involved in yelling at someone’s kid (often by request) to straighten them out over trivial stuff (those noted incidents happened in smaller towns instead of bigger cities btw)

c) am not justifying it, nor really against it, because pmuch, the first thing i said it was dum, to begin with; and it is …and funny … but funny mainly to me, but that’s a personal view; like how it seems to upset you instead

the whole thing is bizarre
also, seriously done with the topic, but if you do feel more strongly about it than that, i would recommend submitting a strongly worded letter to them (gov’t/authorities), like a formal complaint/petition (which i would find just as amusing from my perspective, but not because i’d want to belittle you or something)

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Bruno Brito

There’s a huge difference between a police officer trying to calm the animosity and young people being taken to an police station because they were playing games.

Temporary or not, it’s a huge red flag on how the country’s police operates.

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Mewmew

I’m a little confused still. If this is about kids and exams, why are adults also banned from playing and getting arrested?

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Ririrawr

i think maybe to avoid it turning into a ‘discrimination’ fest (and accompanied legality along with it), since denying a subset of the population from a generally not-really-regulated-accessible-to-all activity would fall in that category, i think

again, just guessing and trying to make sense of it

i kinda wanna say they should have just killed access to the games instead for just as long, but that is its own can of worms

also another reason i think they did it this was to mainly keep it off in public places, like i am assuming, if you are home and alone and an adult, it prolly isn’t an issue (the arrests were in public places) kinda like their smoking ban

but if kid and have parents, the wording of the ban says that they will be just as ‘guilty’ as the kid, if they don’t report it (which in my head seems to be more of a phrase aimed at the kids, hehe)

anyway, all that a is a me a speculating

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zoward

Thank you for the context.

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Vorender

How many studies need to be done before people realize there is no link between video games and violent behavior?

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John Kiser

Too many to count honestly. People could give a shit less about facts and studies.

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Connor

India should just hire Aldi to kill those kids in PUBG and frustrate them until they stop playing.

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3dom

Incorrect report. There is another motivation behind these arrests (not usual bullcrap “games entice violent behavior”): MOMO “challenge” meme spreading through PUBG and triggering suicide attempts in minors. There are reports in German newspapers about unsuccessful suicide attempt of 13yo linked to momo.

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John Kiser

You may want to read this https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/05/adults-only-ones-fooled-momo-challenge-hoax/ the whole thing has largely been a hoax and spread misinformation.

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rafael12104

India has a lot of problems, as most nations do. Poverty is the biggest but also a continuing cast system which still haunts that society to this day.

They have recently turned to populism which, much like what we have here in the US, increasingly relies on the politics of fear to establish a common denominator. Fear of crime, fear of immigrants, fear of video games, (insert your own fear here).

Because it is much easier to blame a video game for the ills of the so called youth than deal with the real problems.

And sadly, even well-meaning but ignorant people will follow.

PUBG is not what is wrong in India. But then, fear often has nothing to do with reality either.

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Baemir

Don’t forget the other side of the ‘politics of fear’. The fear of racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia… we can’t let white populations survive, or they’ll surely kill everyone else! Gotta make sure they’re replaced by immigrants ASAP.

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rafael12104

“Gotta make sure they’re replaced by immigrants ASAP”? Heh. You just proved my point.

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Bruno Brito

What the fuck are you talking about?

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John Kiser

Not like the US doesn’t basically have a cast system at this point given the extreme gaps of wealth.