Legalization key to tackle rising illegal gambling, experts say

India’s authorities lack a coherent approach when it comes to tackling rampant illegal gambling, with criminal syndicates often enjoying political patronage from a ruling class which has publicly opposed legalization of the industry. Gambling is mostly forbidden in India, but legislation is drawn up by individual states, creating a patchwork of mixed rules. Casinos are allowed in Goa, Sikkim and Daman, while about 12 out of 29 states allow lotteries. Sikkim and Nagaland have recently permitted online gambling and to add to the mix, the Supreme Court has ruled that games of skill, such as rummy, are permitted. Despite the restrictions Indians remain keen gamblers. Six years ago an oft quoted report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry put the size of the market at about $60 billion, with much of that being wagered illegally. That number appears to have since ballooned with The Doha-based International Centre...

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