Online Gambling in India

Online gambling is illegal in a lot of countries. Hell, gambling in general is illegal in a lot of countries. As for India, well…on the books in India is the Public Gambling Act, which prohibits public gambling and open-to-the-public gambling institutions in the country. It seems that online gambling is a different story, though; according to the head of Technology Law Practice of FoxMandal Little - an expert on Internet law and crime named Salman Waris - India's government has thus far failed to enact any concrete legislation dealing with the prohibition or permission of online gambling in India. According to general consensus, however, any form of online gambling or betting, or even any online lottery, is thought of as illegal. But that doesn't stop Indians from participating in online gambling, nor does it stop online gambling sites' webmasters catering to Indian clientele from creating and recreating their services online.


It Doesn't Stop Online Gambling in India

If you know anything about India, you probably know that cricket is a hugely-popular game in the country; a legacy passed down from the British Empire. Ever seen the Bollywood movie Lagaan? If you have, you sat through four hours of song-and-dance high drama revolving entirely around one single cricket game. Granted, it was a cricket game of villagers against the local Raj (and by default, against the British Empire), but it was a cricket game, nonetheless.
It seems that a large number of online gambling sites based in India or frequented by Indian clientele sport venues are not only for betting on cricket games but also for instructing newbies on exactly how to bet on cricket games. From a business perspective, it makes sense: there's a massive market, so cash in on it. Due to growing pressure on the brick-and-mortar type gambling institutions, the market has shifted, much as it has elsewhere, to online gambling portals. The Internet is, after all, nearly impossible to regulate. Case in point: Indian law technically forbids receiving foreign currency for gambling, actual transactions are only monitored if they are in massive quantities. On top of that, many online gambling sites in India register themselves under other names; as sports clubs, for example - and thus do they evade regulation. Moreover, many online gambling sites targeting Indian customers sport IP addresses that are not actually based in India, which it makes it even more difficult to track Indians' use of them. These sites, naturally, regularly destroy their records, which makes tracking evidence of their patronage almost impossible. And it is always possible for a savvy webmaster to route his or her website through several different IP addresses in different countries, or simply to change its location, in order to avoid detection. Obviously, online gambling is going to be hard to stop, no matter where you come from. And if there is a demand, there is a demand, no matter what. And in India, that demand happens to be cricket. A long, hard road faces the Indian legislature if it truly wishes to eradicate gambling in all of its forms.