Plea in Guj HC seeks ban on Poké­mon Go

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The Gu­jarat high court is­sued no­tice to the US-based de­vel­oper of Poké­mon Go on Wed­nes­day after a pe­ti­tion sought a ban on the pop­u­lar aug­mented re­al­ity game in In­dia, al­leg­ing it hurt re­li­gious sen­ti­ments by show­ing vir­tual eggs in places of wor­ship.

The court also asked the state and cen­tral govern­ments to re­spond to the pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion by Alay This 8-foot tall Gan­pati idol is made of a rare com­bi­na­tion of jalebi, fafda, thika gathia, chill­ies and pap­padi by mem­bers of a co­op­er­a­tive hous­ing so­ci­ety at Malad. Anil Dave who has ar­gued that the game was par­tic­u­larly of­fen­sive to Hin­dus and Jains.

The game uses aug­mented re­al­ity and map­ping to make gam­ing vi­su­als ap­pear in the real world, over­laid on the land­scape seen through the player’s cell-phone cam­eras. Though the game has not been of­fi­cially re­leased in In­dia, many still play through work­arounds – for in­stance, by sign­ing into an iTunes ac­count of any coun­try where the game has been re­leased. Gamers can ac­quire vir­tual eggs and in­cu­bate them. Once an egg is hatched, the user gets a Poké­mon mon­ster that is added to his col­lec­tion.

“The points are in the form of eggs. These ap­pears at the cur­rent lo­ca­tion, which is many a times the places of wor­ship of dif­fer­ent re­li­gious groups. We are seek­ing a ban on the game in In­dia,” the pe­ti­tioner’s lawyer Nachiket Dave said.

Many Hin­dus are veg­e­tar­ian while­mem­ber­sof theJain­faithusu­ally fol­low a very strict ve­gan diet.

The global Poké­mon craze has prompted a slew of com­plaints against the San Fran­cisco-based de­vel­op­ers, with some coun­tries im­pos­ing a com­plete ban.

VIDYA SUBRAMANIAN/HT

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