PMK president Anbumani Ramadoss spoke up on the recent incident of suicide of a youth who lost up to Rs 15 lakh due to addiction to online gambling and termed it as “painful”.
Ramadoss said that this was the 40th suicide since the Gaming Ban Bill was passed in the assembly and stressed that other options such as the use of Article 162 of the Constitution should be explored.
According to reports, B. Sivan Raj of Rosemiyapuram near Panagudi was addicted to online rummy and had been playing the game over the last one year. He is claimed to have borrowed money from others and losing it in online rummy after also losing all of his own earned money. Additionally, he had also sold a plot of land to play the game with the proceeds. He even mortgaged his wife’s gold chain for Rs. 1 lakh and lost it on Tuesday night following which he committed suicide.
Ramadoss talked about the case in a Twitter thread, saying, “It is saddening that Nanju, a graduate who lost Rs 15 lakh in online gambling near Panagudi in Nellai district, committed suicide by drinking. This is the 40th suicide after online gambling ban was declared invalid!.”
He went on to add that gamblers losing Rs 1 lakh in a single day is an example of how addictive online gambling is to young people, claiming that Sivan Raj’s father sold his household goods and livestock to pay back the money.
“Like Sivanraj, many young people are addicted to online gambling and commit suicide. Knowing these facts, the Governor’s delay in approving the Anti-Online Gambling Act is reprehensible,” Ramadoss further added.
Ramadoss stated that these suicides must be stopped and requested the Governor RN Ravi to immediately give his assent to the pending Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022.