Narottam Mishra: Legislation regulating online gaming to be implemented soon

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Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

Published On: January 17, 2022 at 13:25 IST

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra stated that the state government will very soon bring in the Act to regulate the gaming applications on the mobile phones.

This decision was taken after observing the rising incidents of children getting addicted to the games and then taking severe steps under its influence.

While disclosing about this legislation, Mishra referred to the 11 year old boy who committed suicide while playing the game “Free Fire”.

This is not the first time there have been reports of tragic incidents caused by the Free Fire game.

The Minister stated that, “The Free Fire game that caused the tragic incident is a very serious issue. We will bring an act in Madhya Pradesh to regulate online gaming. The draft is almost ready for it. We will soon give it a concrete shape”.

As per the Police reports, the 11-year-old boy named Suryansh Ojha had allegedly committed suicide while playing Free Fire with his cousin in a room on the terrace in their house of Bhopal’s Shankracharya Nagar.

It was noted that when his cousin stepped out of the room, Suryansh had hanged himself with a rope used in setting up punching bag in the room.

Suryansh was rushed to hospital by his family but however was declared dead by the doctors upon arrival. The post – mortem report too endorsed the cause of dead as hanging.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner Ankit Jaiswal said that the boy was hyperactive and was too involved in the online gaming.

Suryansh had also stolen money from the house for the in – game payments for which his parents had scolded him.

Jaiswal stated, “The cause behind the extreme step is being ascertained. However, it looks like that it just happened while playing the online game or practicing some acts shown in it”.

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