An 18-year-old allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself after he had an argument with his family members over buying a new mobile phone for playing PUBG game.
The teenager, who was a resident of Kurla's Nehru Nagar area of Mumbai, took the extreme step when he demanded that he wanted a high-end smartphone costing around Rs. 37,000 to play the online game.
However, the youth's family refused to pay heed to his demand and argued that he will not be given a mobile phone, not more than Rs 20,000, police said.
Feeling distraught, the teenager then took a rope and allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in the kitchen of his residence.
A case of accidental death has been registered by the police and further investigation in the matter is underway.
PUBG or 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' is an online multiplayer game where about 100 players fight it out in free for all combat where the sole survivor emerges victorious.
Recently, an 11 year-old student filed a plea through hi smother requesting the Bombay High Court to ban PUBG as it "promotes violence, aggression and cyber-bullying".
There have been calls to ban the game as it is "addictive" and has been linked to poor results of students in exams.
In the second edition of 'Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0', Prime Minister Modi in an interactive session with 2,000 students, parents and teachers, touched upon issues ranging from examinations and the stress related to them. During the interaction, the topic of technology became a significant area of discussion.
A parent raised a rather contemporary concern that persists in the digital generation.
The parent asked, "My son use to be really good with studies, but for the past some time, his inclination towards online games has drastically elevated. I tried explaining him a lot, but I'm unsuccessful."
Upon hearing this question, an updated-with-technology PM Modi said, "Is he the PUBG one," leaving the room full of students in splits.
He further elaborated on how technology is a boon and a bane at the same time, but we must indulge in conversations with the kids about the brilliant possibilities that technology can bring in, making it dinner table conversation.
(With ANI inputs)