Online gambling ban: TN government seeks input from stakeholders

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The stakeholder consultation meeting will take place on August 11, 2022 and separate time slots will be granted to organizations interested in making a representation.

As Tamil Nadu reports at least 20 deaths statewide due to losses incurred due to online rummy gambling, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to obtain information and hold consultations with stakeholders concerning a ban and regulation of online gambling. In a press statement issued by the Department of Home Affairs, Prohibition and Excise, the Tamil Nadu government says political party leaders, psychologists and social activists have come to the attention of the government on the harmful effects of online gambling and betting addiction.

Previously, a four-member committee headed by former Madras High Court Judge K Chandru was set up by the Tamil government to look into the issues related to online gambling and submit a report. Judge Chandru Committed had submitted his report and recommended banning online games as such games do not involve any skill and only lead to addiction.

The four-member panel had also recommended that the Tamil Nadu government should do everything possible to ensure that a law against online gambling is enacted nationally by increasing pressure on the Union government.

Read: TN pledged to ban online gambling: Minister of Justice in assembly

It is in this context that the government of Tamil Nadu decided to seek input from all stakeholders. “General public, parents, teachers, students, young people, psychologists, social activists, online gaming service providers” invited to comment on proposed online gaming legislation .

The stakeholder consultation meeting will take place on August 11, 2022 and separate time slots will be granted to organizations interested in making a representation. Of the 20 online gambling deaths, Chennai has reported seven; eight people committed suicide in the districts of Coimbatore, Salem, Tirupur and Namakkal; four deaths in Tirupattur; and one in Vellore, Tuticorin and Dharmapuri each.

If you know someone who has mental health issues or is feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some hotline numbers for suicide prevention organizations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families.

Tamil Nadu

State Health Department Suicide Hotline: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Center – 044-24640050 (listed as the only suicide prevention hotline in Tamil Nadu)

Andhra Pradesh

Suicide prevention: 78930 78930

Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584

Karnataka

Sahaï (24 hours a day): 080 65000111, 080 65000222

Kerala

Maitri: 0484 2540530

Chaitram: 0484 2361161

Both are 24 hour helpline numbers.

Telangana

State Government Suicide Prevention (toll-free): 104

Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200

SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.)

Aasara provides support for individuals and families during an emotional crisis, those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and those experiencing trauma following the suicide of a loved one.

24/7 hotline: 9820466726

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