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Online Gambling: Will not the Governor feel sorry?

Online Gambling: Will not the Governor feel sorry?

Madankumar, a graduate youth, committed suicide due to visual impairment and headache after playing online rummy near Vellalur, Coimbatore. It is new news that the young man not only lost money but also suffered physical problems due to continuous playing of online rummy.

This is just one example of how much online gambling is preying on humanity.  This is the 45th suicide since the Madras High Court ruled that the online gambling ban was invalid. PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss is condemning every time there is a loss of life in online gambling, listing it as the 10th, 20th, 30th.

It is a common demand that online gambling should be eradicated. Even after 127 days of the passage of the amended Online Gambling Prohibition Bill in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Governor Ravi has not approved  it. Is this fair? Whenever there is a loss of life in Tamil Nadu due to online gambling, we have been raising our voice that online gambling should be eradicated from the roots. 

Various parties continue to blame Tamil Nadu Governor for every death due to online gambling. But all that falls on deaf ears as a wage union. Human life is priceless. If an ambulance comes on the road, we sidestep our vehicle and give way to it. An automatic impulse arouses in us that if the ambulance goes quickly, a life will be saved. 

But knowing that another life is being prepared as a victim of online gambling and not being able to prevent it, it is unfortunate. Online gambling and youth suicide due to its addiction should not be allowed to continue.
The expectation of the people of Tamil Nadu is that the Governor should approve the Online Gambling Prohibition Act without further delay.  It seems far-fetched that this expectation will be fulfilled before the next death occurs, but if the Governor relents and some ``miracle'' happens...? What could be better than that?