Sunday, September 19, 2021
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

Delhi HC dismisses PIL on online games addiction among children, asks Centre to decide on representation

Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a PIL seeking the formulation of a policy protecting children from addiction to online games. 

The Bench, comprising Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh, was hearing the petition filed highlighting the recent incidents of children committing suicide, or going into depression, as also committing crimes like theft due to online game addiction.

The counsel for the petitioner submitted that there is no policy document spelling out the intent of the Government with respect to tackling the issue of online game addiction among children. He further submitted that various challenges are attached to the issue like cyberbullying, financial exploitation. 

The Bench, while dismissing the petition, directed the Centre and the Ministry of Law and Justice to decide the representation made by the petitioner organisation on July 10 in accordance with law, rules, regulations and governmental policies. 

Filed through Advocates Robin Raju and Deepa Joseph, the PIL was moved by Distress Management Collective, an NGO providing support and humanitarian aid to anyone in distress across borders. 

The plea avers that numerous complaints were received by the petitioner organisation from parents who are concerned about their children getting addicted to online games and as a result, suffering from various psychological problems. A representation dated July 10 was made by the petitioner Trust requesting the constitution of a regulatory body with experts that can trace games that are violent in nature or extract money for playing. 

“It is pertinent to mention that the even Gaming Federations have also openly stated that they are in favour of constituting a regulatory body,” the plea adds.

The plea contends that some individual states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu have considered the issue very seriously and have banned all forms of online games that involve payment.

Also Read: Delhi HC defers hearing plea seeking guidelines for search and seizure at advocates’ premises

The plea sought direction from the Centre to consider formulating a national policy protecting children from online games addiction and to constitute a regulatory authority to monitor and rate the content of both offline and online games. In the alternative, the plea prayed for necessary action be taken on representation dated July 10’ 2021 made by the petitioner Trust.

The plea stated, “The petitioner organization has decided to approach this Hon’ble Court with the instant petition because the issue is of extreme significance especially in the wake of an increase in a number of fatalities caused by online game addiction and more importantly considering the prolonged absence from schools due to the pandemic.”

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.

News Update

Supreme Court refuses relief to NLSIU student who wasn’t promoted due to uncleared exams

A two-judge bench of Supreme Court said “How long you want that courts should run the institutions/universities and why should we interfere?” While relying to the contentions of the petitioners counsel to promote her to final year by way of an opportunity.

NGT directs stoppage of Baitarani river project work of sand filling, embankment, retention wall

According to the order 8 applicants are seeking a direction to the respondents restraining them from the sand filling work of the river basin of Baitarani on the South Bank at the place where river Baitarani bifurcates as Old Baitarani and New Baitarani in the Bhadrak District of Odisha.

Allahabad High Court recalls order listing case of errant advocate before another bench

The Allahabad High Court has recently recalled its order in which it had directed the listing of a matter before another bench citing the "mischievous behaviour of the advocate".

CBI seeks dismissal of petition for separating Director of Prosecution from agency, says post enjoys full autonomy in affidavit

The Central Bureau of Investigation has informed the Delhi High Court that the Directorate of Prosecution has got full autonomy and there is no interference in the functioning of a law officer and it has no decision-making power in the appointment of the Director of Prosecution.

Supreme Court allows appeal against summons issued to invoke power under Section 319 CrPC

The Supreme Court has set aside the summons passed by the Sessions Judge, Khiri saying the Sessions Judge will apply his mind in the light of principles laid down by the Constitution Bench.
Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.