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Ahmedabad: A 19-year-old mother recently called up a women’s helpline seeking help to get a divorce from her husband so that she could live with her gaming partner. The woman, a PUBG (Players Unknown Battleground) addict, played the popular game with her online partner.
The helpline named Abhayam-181 assigned a counselling team to the woman. The team visited the woman’s house to talked to her family about the issue.
On enquiring the woman’s family, the counselling team found out that she had been spending a lot of time using her mobile phone to play PUBG. This led to differences between the 19-year-old woman and her family.
Narendrasinh Gohil, project head of Abhayam-181, told The Indian Express that they received about 550 calls in a day. Gohil further said that usually mothers would call complaining that their children were addicted to PUBG, however, this was the first call of its kind.
The counseller in charge of the team who met the women, Sonal Sagathiya said that the woman was offered to stay at a rehabilitation centre in Ahmedabad. The woman refused the suggestion straightaway as the rehab centre did not allow the use of mobile phones.
Gohil added, “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.”