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How should law deal with gambling addiction?



gambling addiction russia

gambling addiction russia
What should the government do when gambling addict citizens are throwing away their money and property on gambling, and probably hurting their family or children in the process?

A new law recently passed in Russia has a provision for declaring gambling addicts as “incompetent”, in the same way as alcohol or drug addicts. If someone is found to be a gambling addict and put his/her family in a difficult financial situation for the same, close relatives can seek “guardianship” from a court and get control over financial matters of the gambling addict including his income and property. In India, similar treatment is prescribed by law if a person is found to be of unsound mind.

Russia has declared a war on gambling, and has banned all gambling activities since 2009 in the country except in four legal gambling zones in Siberia.

Do you think this is a positive step or too much restriction on individual freedom? Is such a law desirable in India, if that would mean social gambling can be decriminalized?

Jay has researched extensively on gaming laws and has been cited by various media houses and journals as an expert. He has helped leading newspapers in their stories on gaming laws. Jay completed his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS, Kolkata in 2015 and is currently based out of Mumbai.



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  2. Josh Gordon

    September 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I see how this law can be problematic. How will the state determine if a person is being hurtful to his or her environment, or if they merely have a harmless hobby of playing social gambling games, for example?

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