Online rummy wreaks havoc: Youth steals, another takes own life over losses

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A youth resorted to robbery due to substantial losses incurred while playing online rummy. Amal Augustin from Kottayam in Kerela lost Rs 3 lakh/- in online rummy and decided to rob to recoup the money. 

A story in Kerela Kaumudi reported that Amal resorted to a shocking act—robbing an 80-year-old woman, brandishing a knife around her neck, and snatching her necklace. The incident occurred in Nediyakala, drawing the attention of the Elavumthitta police in Pathanamthitta, who promptly arrested the accused.

The police investigation revealed that Amal deliberately targeted residences and shops where women lived alone, highlighting the alarming trend of crimes linked to online gaming losses.

Tragically, the repercussions of online rummy losses claimed another life in September, when a 23-year-old youth, P K Rosh, hailing from Vellarikundu, Ranipuram in Kasaragod, took his own life. Employed at a resort near Pallivasal Attukadu Waterfalls, Rosh faced insurmountable losses in online rummy, prompting him to end his life. Colleagues discovered Rosh hanging from a tree near the resort, and despite efforts to save him, he succumbed to his injuries.

These distressing incidents shed light on the potential dangers associated with online gambling, and the need for increased awareness about responsible gaming practices.