Banning mobile phone games led to the suicide of a 13-year-old boy in India

Tragic news for the gaming community

On October 12, a frightening incident occurred in the Koraput town of Odisha in India. A 13-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide because of his parents banning him from playing games on his mobile phone, according to the police report. 

According to IndiaTV Manohar, aged 13, studied in the eighth grade of St. Xavier’s High School in Odisha, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he attended his online classes on his mobile phone. But when his parents found him playing games on his mobile phone during online classes, they tried their best to convince him not to repeat such behavior, yet the boy dismissed their words.

However, on October 12, his parents took a drastic measure as they took his mobile phone away and forbade its use, and in response, the enraged boy locked himself inside a room.  Upon noticing the boy’s prolonged absence, the family tried to get into the room and eventually broke open the door only to find the boy hanging from the ceiling using a saree.

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Afterward, he was immediately taken to the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in critical condition, where the doctors announced him dead upon arrival. The incident alerted the local police officers and they initiated a detailed inquiry and investigation into the incident.

Similar Incidents like this have occured earlier

On October 3, another similar incident had taken place in Sarvodaya Nagar Colony under the Meerpet Police Station limits in Hyderabad of India, where a teenager had allegedly committed suicide in her residence when her father scrutinized and scolded her for her mobile game addiction.

Kaushika Reddy, the deceased teenager, was an intermediate second-year student studying in a private college. The tragedy sparked from a heated argument the girl had with her father as he scolded her for her excessive screen time. The enraged girl, similar to the recent incident, locked herself up in her bedroom and hung herself from the ceiling fan. Her family broke into the room and found her wounded body and rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

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