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Tamil Nadu Government Convenes Committee For Emergency Law Against Online Gambling

The Tamil Nadu government has announced a committee that will make recommendations towards an ordinance on online gambling after multiple suicide cases

  The Committee will submit its report in two weeks, after which an ordinance will be immediately promulgated. On June 10th, 2022, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M.K. Stalin announced the formation of a committee to draft recommendations against online gambling games like rummy in the State. This move comes after the death of Bhavani on June 6th—the 29-year-old woman from Chennai allegedly died by suicide after losing ₹3 lakh and 20 sovereigns of gold while playing online rummy. Bhavani’s demise is one among many online gambling-related suicides in the State.  Who Shapes this Emergency Law? The committee is expected to file its report in two weeks—after which, an ordinance will be immediately promulgated based on its findings. It will be led by retired Judge of the Madras High Court, Justice K. Chandru—who notably advanced justice for historically oppressed communities across his career. Other committee members include:  Dr. S. Sankararaman (technical expert, from IIT Madras);  Lakshmi Vijaykumar (psychiatrist and founder of suicide prevention NGO SNEHA);  Vinit Dev Wankhede (Additional Director General of Police, State Crime Records Bureau, Chennai).  Is Political Pressure Accelerating the Chief Minister’s Decision? As the Committee drafts its report, the Chief Minister faces rising pressure from members of the opposition in the State to address online gambling—an issue that cuts across party lines:  In response to Bhavani’s death, Dr. Ambumani Ramadoss, leader of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), criticised the government for its inaction, further alleging that over 22 people had died by suicide due to online…

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