Bangladeshi court orders 3-month ban on addictive online games PUBG, Free Fire

The court also released a rule on Monday asking why video-sharing and streaming platforms such as TikTok and Likee should not be banned in response to a petition, according to Deputy Attorney General Nowroz Md Rasel Chowdhury who represented the State at the hearing.

The rule also asked why a high-level committee should not be formed to oversee and review these games and video streaming services and why it should not order the creation of a policy regarding these matters.

Among the accused were the Secretary of Posts and Telecommunications, the President of the BTRC, the Secretary of Education, the Minister of the Interior, the Legal Secretary, the Secretary of Health and the Inspector General of Police. Those summoned to respond to the rule have 10 days to respond.

The virtual High Court bench of Judge Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah made the decision after a first hearing on the petition.

Lawyer Humayun Kabir Pallab presented the petition to the court. The petition was also supported by lawyer Mohammed Kawsar.

The two petitioners sent a legal notice to the defendants on June 19 highlighting the negative effects these online video streaming games and apps have on children, teens and other members of the younger generation.

These games and apps are addictive among children and adolescents in Bangladesh and undermine the nation’s “education, culture and values” while developing a “violent mentality” among adolescents, they said.

They demanded that these games and apps be banned or restricted.

Having received no response to their legal opinion, the petitioners sought an order from the High Court.

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