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Mila Galish   17 May 2021

What responsibility do users have?

Responsible gaming is a broad concept which comprises several policies and requirements that apply to gambling stakeholders to make sure they respect the highest standards of quality, and offers a safe user experience that protects people from the potential negative consequences of online gambling.

Gambling should be treated as a fun pastime, and not as a mean to generate income. Whilst the majority of the population can treat gambling as recreation and spend only what they can afford to risk, for some it can be more difficult.
Please tell me how I can determine the legality of online casinos and what kind of responsibility users have.



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Arpita Chauhan   17 May 2021

Respected Sir,

As of now, there is no federal law in India that prohibits Online Casino. However, as only States have the right to formulate laws related to gambling, there are several states which have taken steps regarding online casinos, for example:- In the State of Maharashtra, both in-person and online gambling is prohibited whereas in Goa and Sikkim, both of them have regulated gambling to some extent, but if you really want to determine the legality please go to the authority of the particular area and ask there whether they allow online casinos legally or not.

Coming to the part of user responsibilities, online casinos is a good way to relax and have some fun but one should also keep in mind that this remains as a fun activity alone and not become a addictive habit. Since, we do not have a specific law that talk about online casinos and the duties and responsibilities of users of online casinos, I can only inform you about some basic responsibilities of a person while gambling that he should keep in mind. These are:-

  • affordability –One should only gamble  within an individual’s affordable limits of time, money and other resources
  • balance –  It is very important to keep gambling in balance with other activities, responsibilities and priorities
  • informed choice – One of the very essential responsibility of gambling is to exercise informed choices over gambling, which includes understanding the associated risk and knowing the likelihood of losing and winning
  • control – It is very important to stay in control of gambling through self-regulating one’s own gambling and knowing when to stop
  • enjoyment – It is important to take it as a leisure activity or relaxing activity and being motivated by it only for pleasure, entertainment and fun and not to win money
  • harm-free – the absence of gambling-related harm to self and others.

I hope I was able to help you.

Regards

Arpita Chauhan

T. Kalaiselvan, Advocate (Advocate)     18 May 2021

 

Federal Information Technology Rules

This was the most recently introduced law by Indian government. As you can see by the title, it covers a vast array of anything on the internet in which they consider to be either illegal or taboo. Please note, there were no laws that actually made it illegal to allow online gambling by the states of India. Ok, so this FIT Act basically says if something is illegal or taboo the Internet Provider (ISP) must block such site. 

There is a law in India that says it is illegal to fund online gambling sites without using Rupees. This law is called the Foreign Exchange Management Act. If you are to place a bet at an online bookmaker or gaming site you need to do so in Rupees.

Unless an online betting site specifically blocks players from India, which is pretty rare, you can pretty much play anywhere you want. This puts this law out of business so to speak and for most it’s not an issue!

 

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