Scolded over PUBG addiction, Kalyan man stabs sister’s fiance

Scolded over PUBG addiction, Kalyan man stabs sister's fiance
Rajnish Rajbhar stabbed his sister’s fiance after the latter reprimanded him for his gaming addiction (Representational Image)

A 27-year-old man, addicted to online game PUBG, stabbed his sister’s fiance in Kalyan after he was reprimanded for his addiction following a minor dispute.

According to reports, the incident took place in Kalyan (East) on February 7 when Rajnish Rajbhar was playing online multiplayer game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’, or as it is more commonly known – PUBG.

While playing, the battery of Rajnish’s smartphone died and he started searching for his phone’s charger. Upon finding the charger, he noticed that the wire had been cut.

Rajnish blamed his sister for damaging the wire, an accusation she denied. Despite her denial, he cut the charging chord of his sister’s laptop.

Both his sister and her fiance, Om Bavdnakar, berated him for his addiction and losing cool over a game. The criticism, however, did not go well with Rajnish, who stabbed Om with a knife in a fit of rage.

Following the incident, the 32-year-old victim was admitted to a private hospital in Kalyan. He was discharged on Wednesday when he visited Kolsewadi police station to file a complaint.

Police subsequently booked Rajnish for assault and launched a probe.

The incident comes less than two weeks after an 18-year-old from Kurla allegedly committed suicide after his family refused to give him money to buy a high-end mobile phone to play PUBG game.

The teen had reportedly asked for a high-end smartphone worth Rs 37,000, but his parents limited the budget to Rs 20,000.

Since the parents refused to budge, the teen took a rope and committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in the kitchen of his residence at Nehru Nagar, Kurla

PUBG is an online multiplayer ‘battle royale’ game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean gaming company Bluehole, in which a hundred players fight it out in a free for all combat for survival and victory.

Amid its growing popularity, there have been calls to ban the game on school and college premises due to its ‘addictive’ nature.

Last month, an 11-year-old filed a PIL through his mother requesting the Mumbai High Court to ban PUBG on the grounds that it promoted violence, aggression, and cyber-bullying.

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