A 16-year-old boy committed suicide in the Medchal-Malkajgiri district of Telangana after being rebuked by his parents for not studying for his class 10 SSC exams and instead playing the addictive video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on the cellphone all day.
According to reports, the boy was identified as Kallakuri Sambashiva and he studied in Gouthami School. Sambashiva’s father Bharath Raj is a priest, Mother Umadevi is a housewife while his elder sister had just graduated intermediate. They lived in Vishnupuri Extension of Malkajgiri.
On Tuesday morning, the boy’s father lodged a police report about his son committing suicide after his mother chided and warned him not to play the game on phone on Monday night. My son became angry and committed suicide by hanging in his bedroom. Sambashiva was appearing for his class X final examinations and had only one paper left. It was scheduled for Wednesday.
Malkajgiri sub-inspector (SI) K Sanjeeva Reddy said, as quoted by a leading daily, “Parents had warned him several times. On Monday, his mother reprimanded him for playing the game instead of preparing for Tuesday’s English exam. The boy went inside the bedroom and locked the door. As he did not come out for some time, his parents broke the latch and found him hanging from the ceiling fan with a towel,” the SI said.
The family members rushed the teen to nearby LK Hospital, where he was declared brought dead on arrival. “We have registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC. After the post-mortem examination, the body was handed over to the family on Tuesday,” the SI said.