Tamil Nadu government has passed an ordinance to ban online gaming that involves betting. The state government has taken this step after the number of suicides by gamers increased in the state who allegedly lost money in betting. The government also stated that any violation would lead to both imprisonment and fine.
The ordinance was implemented on Friday by Governor Banwarilal Purohit after Chief Minister K Palaniswami promised action against this important issue. Recently Andhra Pradesh government has banned online gaming in the state irrespective of gambling and betting. Meanwhile, Union Territory Puducherry wrote to the Centre government seeking a ban on online gaming to avoid cases of suicides. A man allegedly committed suicide in the Union Territory after losing money in betting.
The ordinance promulgated by Purohit states “banning the persons who are wagering or betting in cyberspace using computers or any communication device or resource,” Gadgets360 quoted Raj Bhavan release.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu recently stated that the government is planning to ban the online games which are associated with online betting. The step of banning online games is because of people who are losing money and committing suicides in the state. According to the report, Madras High Court Madurai Bench is hearing a case against online gaming. In Coimbatore, three people allegedly committed suicide due to heavy financial losses.
“Due to online gaming, innocent people, mainly youngsters are being cheated and some people have committed suicide. To avoid such incidents of suicide and protect the innocent people from the evils of online gaming,” the Government submitted the proposal, seeking amending relevant police acts, the release said.
According to the ordinance passed by the Tamil Nadu government, there is fine of Rs 5,000 and six months of imprisonment if a person found gaming. Rs 10,000 and two years of jail imprisonment for people who operate gaming houses.