India as a country has been known for many things. Over the recent few years, there have been numerous controversies erupting in the country, leading to many things getting banned. From movies to books, to even food items – bans have been becoming synonymous with India. The latest name which might soon join the list of banned things in India might be Pokemon Go! The Gujarat High Court has now asked the State Government if they can restrict the illegal downloads of the game.
Pokemon Go, for those living under a rock, is the biggest sensation to hit the smartphones this year. The game has been insanely popular among users. It is a game which makes use of Augmented Reality and allows the users to catch pokemon at different places. The division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi have asked the Gujarat Government to put a ban on the illegal downloads of Pokemon Go.
The complaint against the game has been that the game is ‘hurting the religious sentiments’ and is posing a threat to public safety. The Gujarat High Court has now asked the state government if the illegal downloads of Pokemon Go could stop, as the game has not been officially released in India yet. The court has called the game as a ‘pirated copy’.
Pokemon Go is hurting the religious sentiment of the users, as eggs have been found in places of worship. This has severely offended the sentiments of the Hindus, who consider eggs, and non-vegetarian food to be against their religion. Another PIL has claimed that the game is a threat to ‘public safety’ as the players have to actually, physically move around to capture pokemon. As absurd as it might sound, it does look like this matter might be escalated by the state government.