Tamil Nadu bans online games that involve gambling
The Tamil Nadu government has enacted an ordinance to “ban online games” involving gambling, in the context of suicides of players who allegedly lost money, and any violation would carry both a fine and a prison sentence of up to two years.
The ordinance was signed into law by Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday based on a proposal from the state government, days after Chief Minister K Palaniswami promised to take action on it.
By the way, Andhra Pradesh had online games prohibited, in addition to gambling and gambling, while neighboring Union Territory Puducherry wrote to the Center requesting similar action on such activities following the alleged suicide of a man who lost money on it.
The ordinance promulgated by Purohit establishes provisions that include “prohibiting people who are gambling or gambling in cyberspace using computers or any communication device or resource,” says a statement from Raj Bhavan here.
Palaniswami had recently said that the government was taking steps to ban online gaming following lawsuits from various quarters and complaints about suicides from people who lost money on such activities in the state.
The Madras Madurai Bench High Court is also examining a case against online gambling.
Apparently, three people had committed suicide in Coimbatore this month due to a great financial loss in the online rummy game.
“Due to online games, innocent people, mainly young people, are being deceived and some people have committed suicide. To prevent such suicide incidents and protect innocent people from the evils of online games,” the Government presented the proposal, seeking to amend relevant police acts, the statement said.
Other provisions of the ordinance include punishing those found “playing” with Rs. 5,000 fine and six months in prison, two years in prison and Rs. 10,000 fine for people who operate common gambling houses.
The ordinance also prohibited “electronic funds transfer” used to gamble or gamble, distribute winnings, prize money and punish those who run the company that performs online games through gambling and betting.