Delhi High Court asks Centre to develop a policy to protect children from online gaming addiction

A NGO called Distress Management Collective (DMC), filed a petition through advocates Robin Raju and Deepa Joseph, seeking a national policy to protect children from gaming addiction.

It was stated that recent news of children committing suicide or going into depression, and committing crimes like theft due to online game addiction has compelled the NGO to file the petition.

The petition also stated that the NGO has been receiving numerous complaints from parents who are concerned about children getting addicted to online games, as a result of which the kids are developing various psychological problems.

The petition further stated that there was a need for schools to give emphasis to counselling sessions and periodic sessions regarding the impact of gaming addiction.

It also stated that the national policy should emphasis on the role of schools and the Cyber Cell in tackling the issue.

A Bench of the Delhi High Court consisting of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh asked the Centre to decide the rules, regulations and government policy applicable to the case.

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