Another Jurisdiction In India Bans Online Gambling

Published Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
Another Jurisdiction In India Bans Online Gambling

India is a place of many contrasts and a portion of massive population likes to gamble while others don’t go near it. Despite the existing prohibitive legislations, there is extensive illegal gambling in India. The Indian gambling market is estimated to be worth around $60 billion USD per annum. It has been suggested that only half is wagered legally. Indian law classifies games in two categories, a game of skill or a game of chance. The fines and jail charges are hefty for even entering a gambling house let alone operating one.

The Information Technology Act 2000 regulates cyber activities in India and prohibits publication or transmission of information that can disrupt the people. This includes online gambling and the punishment for such activities is much more serious than for offline gambling operations. Online gambling is a banned in Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, best known for the fast-paced capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay). This sprawling metropolis is the seat of the Bollywood film industry.

Online gambling is in its infancy in India, but Sikkim considered one of the most liberal states. The Government of Sikkim became the first to move towards legislation regarding online gambling, which has been prohibited for most states in the country for many years. It is also one of the states to permit lotteries with the Sikkim State Lotteries being one of the most popular lotteries with draws held frequently.

Legalizing sports betting in the country has been discussed because much of the money wagered goes into criminals pockets instead of community improvement efforts.  Many Indian professionals as well as online forums have urged the government to introduce legal but regulated gambling in India to put an end to the corrupt practices of the thieves and villains.

Telangana  one of the 29 states in India, located in southern India which was formed in June 2014 as the youngest state in India, just issued an ordinance to amend the Gaming Act to ban online gambling.  

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