Tamil Nadu Dy CM O Pannerselvam tabled the Online Gambling Prohibition Act in the gathering on Thursday to expedite the online gambling ban process. In November last year, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami announced that the state would ban online gambling websites and would soon be introducing laws to crack the whip after a series of suicides – reportedly due to the losses caused by the online – Games of chance have arisen state.
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A Madurai resident filed a PIL with the Madras High Court in 2020 to seek a ban on online gambling websites. As a result, the HC Madurai Bank gave notices to cricketers Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and other actors for advocating the games, although they knew these people will follow them. TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami, speaking to reporters at Chennai Airport, announced that the state would ban online gambling websites and pass laws to arrest those who play and operate such online games. Citing the move to ban these online games of chance due to demands from various groups, EPS told reporters that Madras HC had also been informed of this by the state government.
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Tamil Nadu's Problems With Online Gambling
Two more suicidal deaths of men addicted to online gambling were reported on November 3 after a private bank employee ended his life in the city for the same reason, police said Tuesday. According to police, 28-year-old Jeevanandam, from Thondamuthur on the outskirts, hanged himself in his home on Monday night after losing money while gambling online despite being abused by his wife. Jeevanandam could not bear the loss and hanged himself in his home due to mental depression.
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With over 11 suicides reported in the state due to online gambling losses, the state's opposition had increased pressure on the AIADMK to ban online gambling websites. DMK boss MK Stalin had protested against the state government because of the delay in the ban on online gambling, even though he knew how many suicides were committed in the country for the same reason. Pattali Makkal Katchi had urged the central government to take immediate action to ban all types of online gambling. They were addicting and several people who lost their money ended their lives.
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