Ban on Online Games

The Governor of Tamil Nadu promulgated an Ordinance to ban online games and gambling in the state. With this Tamil Nadu became the third state to ban online games involving betting and gambling after its neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Key Points

  • Recently, an increase in number of people committing suicide after being engaged in such games is being observed.
  • According to the new law, any forms of online bets using computers or any other devices are banned across the state. People, who will be found involved in gaming online will be fined Rs 5,000 and will be given a six-month sentence. In addition to this, those who will open online gaming houses or keep the existing ones open will be fined Rs 10,000 and be imprisoned for two years.
  • The transfer of funds for betting, distribution of the winnings of games, or any other prize money related to online games is also prohibited under the new law.
  • The ordinance also seeks to prohibit electronic transfer of funds for placing bets, distributing the winnings of games, or any other prize money related to online games.
  • For the new laws, three acts have been amended - Chennai City Police Act, 1888 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1888), the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1930), and the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859.
  • The Online Rummy Federation (TORF) expressed its disappointment after the ban on online games.

According to reports, Karnataka is also planning to put out a new law against online gambling and betting. A meeting in this regard has also been conducted.

Written by IAS POINT

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