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9 Jan 2013

How should law deal with gambling addiction?

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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?

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