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Tamil Nadu Passes Ordinance to Ban Betting on Digital Gaming Platforms

Three persons have allegedly died of suicide in the state recently unable to bear the financial losses incurred in online betting.

Chennai:  An Ordinance to ban online gaming involving betting was promulgated by the Tamil Nadu government on Friday in the backdrop of suicides by gamers who allegedly lost money.

The Ordinance was promulgated by governor Banwarilal Purohit based on a proposal from the state government.

It provides for provisions including “banning the persons who are wagering or betting in cyber space using computers or any communication device or resource,” a Raj Bhavan release here said.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami had recently said the government was taking steps to ban online games, following demands from several quarters and complaints about suicides of people who lost money in such activities in the state.

The Madras high court’s Madurai bench is also hearing a case against online gaming.

Three people allegedly died of suicide in Coimbatore this month due to heavy financial loss in the online rummy game.

“Due to online gaming, innocent people, mainly youngsters are being cheated and some people have committed suicide. In order to avoid such incidents of suicide and protect innocent people from the evils of online gaming, the Government submitted the proposal,” seeking amendment of the relevant police acts, the release said.

Other provisions of the Ordinance include punishing those found “gaming” with Rs 5,000 fine and six months imprisonment; two years jail, and Rs 10,000 fine for people who operate common gaming houses.

The ordinance also banned “electronic transfer of funds” used for wagering or betting, distributing the winnings, prize money and punishing those running the company which conducts online gaming by wagering and betting.

(PTI)