An Iraqi teenager from Babil province has committed suicide due to playing PUBG, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) has said.
“What we were informed about is a suicide case by a 17-year old teenagerfrom Babil due to being affected by PUBG,” Zidan al-Atwani, member of the commission, said in a statement.
He also urged necessity of “making studies to identify the reasons behind such cases, which could harm the Iraqi youth, to find suitable solutions.”
Atwani called on the families to give more attention to their children and provide them with suitable alternatives to get them away from being occupied with such games.
The popular video game has recently stirred controversy in Iraq. The game is about a battlefield which allows multiple play to get engaged through their smartphones.
An Islamic religious authority in Iraq has issued a fatwa against the online multiplayer game as it was significantly deemed a “dramatic waste of time.”
On Sunday, Iraqi Minister of Telecommunications Naeem Thjeel Al-Rubaie denied news about blocking PUBG in Iraq.