In another PUBG addiction incident, a 19-year-old mother from Ahmedabad, a PUBG addict wanted to live with her online gaming partner. The PUBG addict married woman played the popular multiplayer online game with her partner on a constant basis and wanted to live with her partner.
In a move to live with her gaming partner, the woman contacted a women’s helpline seeking help to get a divorce from her husband. Responding to woman’s plea, Abhaya-181 assigned a counselling team, which then visited her house and had word with the family enquiring the issue. Following which the team came to know that the woman had been spending much time on her mobile phone playing PUBG. This has brought differences between the woman and her in-laws.
Narendrasinh Gohi, Project head of Abhayam 181 helpline told Indian Express that daily the helpline received about 550 calls on an average. Out of which “around 90 had to be addressed by a team of counsellors that visited their homes”.
Gohi also added that this was first of its kind. Usually, mothers would call complaining about children addicted to PUBG. “She was further offered to stay at a rehabilitation centre in Ahmedabad. However, she refused because it did not allow the use of mobile phones,” said Sonal Sagathiya, the counseller in charge.
“As a policy of Abhayam helpline, the counsellors didn’t force a decision on the lady and just counselled her on the options available to her. The woman said she needs time to think about it and will call the helpline if she needs further help,” Gohil added.