This week Indian politician MP Sushi Kumar Modi made a statement in which he called on his fellow lawmakers within the country to regulate online betting, citing the increasing popularity of the activity among younger punters.
Modi called for the regulation while giving a speech in the Council of States, stating that if nothing was done there's a high potential of gambling addiction being a big issue. The country currently has 43 million gamblers that bet online, and time spent online gaming jumped 60% during the pandemic to four hours per week.
Modi said that by 2025 the industry will be bringing in INR29 billion annually and that there needs to be regulation to protect players.
Regarding the issue, MP Modi said, "The booming online gaming which has become a big problem for the youngsters in this country, they have become addicted to this online gaming. Being online, it is very difficult to parent the kids who become addicted.
"I would ask the government of India to make a comprehensive framework of regulation for online gaming."