Do not use my pictures, reels for promoting betting apps: Rubina Dilaik

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Popular actress for TV shows and movies Rubina Dilaik recently tweeted fans warning them not to use her reels and images to promote any kind of online gambling or betting apps.

In her tweet, she wrote, “I have noticed some of my fan clubs on Instagram are promoting Betting Apps via my reels and pictures! I have certain principles in my life, If I don’t encourage some practices, do NOT promote them on my behalf.”

Many of her fans came out in support, lauding her stance against betting and gambling.

In recent months, when several celebrities can be seen promoting several illegal gambling websites and their surrogates, some of the celebrities are standing against these activities.
Recently, Sourabh Raaj also spoke up on celebrity promotion for betting and gambling.

Raaj said that many of these celebrities disregard the harm that they can cause to youngsters by promoting these activities to earn quick money, which in his eyes is “extremely irresponsible”.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also released advisories asking people not to promote these illegal betting websites. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) 2019 also states that the celebrities promoting these illegal websites can be barred from appearing in adverts for a year, with a fine of Rs 10–50 lakh.

Despite that, celebrity/influencer advertisements are still prevalent on social media accounts for several illegal offshore betting websites. The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) recently sent inquiry notices to many popular celebrities in this regard.

Two of them included Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Urvashi Rautela for promoting the illegal betting website Lotus365. The website was recently banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) along with several other websites.

Despite that, the two were regularly seen promoting the website on their social media accounts. The CCPA has asked the reasoning for advertising the illegal betting company as “India’s most trusted sports exchange since 2015”.