Tamil Nadu, an Indian state located in the far south of the Indian subcontinent, has taken a stand against online gambling and is preparing to ban it locally. The news was announced by the Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin in the State Assembly.
Tamil Nadu to ban online gambling to protect young people
Stalin gave further clarification on the state’s decision. He explained that the previous government was already moving in this direction because people were committing suicide after losing too much money by betting irresponsibly. A total of three people committed suicide in November 2020, after losing too much to betting. Here is exactly what the government had to say on the matter:
“Because of online games, innocent people, mostly young people, are cheated and some people have committed suicide. In order to avoid such incidents of suicide and to protect the innocent from the harm of online gambling.
Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin
To ensure the ban is taken seriously and to put a stop to online gambling for good, the Indian state has decided to impose fines on those found guilty of placing a bet online. The players face $ 67 fine and six months in prison while people who operate joint gambling dens may be fined up to $ 134 and spend up to two years in prison.
The government of Tamil Nadu will closely monitor remittances and attempt to stop transfers to betting sites. This ban will work both ways and also prevent cash prizes from reaching their intended recipients, thus discouraging people from further gambling.
Tamil Nadu is also considering various fines for betting operators who make their offers available in the state.
India’s relationship with gambling
India as a whole has never liked gambling too much. Since Public Games Act of 1867, all gambling is considered illegal in the country. There are some loopholes in this rule as the ban mainly applies to games which depend entirely on chance. Poker and Rummy, on the other hand, are much more dependent on a player’s skill, which is why online game providers have not been persecuted until now.
However, it seems that India is starting to take such games into account and crack down on gambling as a whole. The Indian government maintains that even these games of skill can be considered games of chance when there is money involved.
Cases like this make it clear why a certain degree of education is needed before people blindly throw themselves into the gaming world, as it can harm not only themselves but the industry as a whole. It is possible that this ban encourages people to seek out the black market, which can increase the overall damage of gambling. On the contrary, teaching people to be responsible and to make informed decisions is crucial to having a successful gambling industry.