Cy­ber ex­perts, po­lice sug­gest ban on game

‘T.N. should fol­low Te­lan­gana ex­am­ple’

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Vivek Narayanan

Af­ter the Te­lan­gana State Gam­ing (Amend­ment) Or­di­nance 2017 ban­ning on­line rummy in the State, those run­ning on­line rummy games have shifted their servers to Chen­nai, the po­lice be­lieve.

This could be the rea­son for an in­crease in ad­ver­tise­ments invit­ing peo­ple to play on­line rummy, es­pe­cially on web­sites. Sources in the cy­ber po­lice, and cy­ber ex­perts, feel that Tamil Nadu should em­u­late the Te­le­na­gana gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion.

Open any web­site and an ad­ver­tise­ment with a grin­ning man claim­ing to have won ₹2.5 lakh through on­line rummy pops up. How­ever, many of them have a warn­ing mes­sage that says users in Te­len­gana are re­stricted from play­ing cash games. “Hun­dreds of peo­ple silently lose their money play­ing on­line rummy games. This can lead to de­pres­sion or sui­cide. Un­der­stand­ing the grav­ity of the is­sue, the Te­len­gana gov­ern­ment passed an or­di­nance,” said a cy­ber crime po­lice of­fi­cer from Hy­der­abad.

No com­plaints

How­ever, cy­ber crime po­lice of­fi­cers in Chen­nai said that there have been no com­plaints per­tain­ing to on­line rummy games.

“Be­sides, those who lose money won’t come for­ward to com­plain un­less they feel cheated. Then, we have to reg­is­ter cases un­der Sec­tion 420 and the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Act,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer from Chen­nai.

Most of­ten, de­mands to ban on­line rummy fail as it is con­sid­ered a game of skill by many. <>

“This is the rea­son there are no curbs on such games,” said N. Vijay Shankar, cy­ber law ex­pert.

How­ever, sources in the Chen­nai po­lice said that as rummy also in­volves luck, it can­not be termed as merely a game of skill.

“We haven’t got any con­crete in­for­ma­tion about the pres­ence of such servers. But we will co­or­di­nate with the Hy­der­bad po­lice and get de­tails. If the gov­ern­ment bans the game, then we can in­tro­duce a penalty and im­pris­on­ment for those found guilty,” said an of­fi­cer.

Cy­ber crime of­fi­cers said that if an or­di­nance is passed in Tamil Nadu, then, they can en­ter premises where they sus­pect on­line rummy is be­ing played and con­duct searches.

Hun­dreds lose their money play­ing on­line rummy. This could lead to de­pres­sion or sui­cide Cy­ber crime po­lice of­fi­cer

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