Pokemon Go has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons since its launch. Now in Gujarat, a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) was filed against the famous augmented reality game for hurting religious sentiments. The PIL was supposedly filed by Alay Anil Dave accusing the developers of the game to hurt religious sentiments of people because the game shows eggs in various temples and other places of worship.
For those who are not aware, Pokemon Go has a place named Poke Stop which is reportedly has names of all the worship places in India. On reaching these stops, users are able to grab some poke balls and eggs which eventually are meant to be hatched in to random pokemons.
In the recent report, the petitioner claims that eggs are considered a non-vegetarian food which is highly unacceptable in places of worships of Hinduism and Jainism.
“People playing the game get their points in the form of eggs which generally appear in the places of worship of different religious groups. To find eggs in temples of Hindus and Jains is blasphemous, and therefore my client has sought ban on the game from the country,” said petitioner’s lawyer Nachiket Dave.
After the PIL was made public, people on social media are having a hard time sink in the fact that something like this has actually happened. Especially on Twitter where people were shocked and responded immediately.
Contrary to this, the lawyer was confident about this action and further quoted: “The HC has issued notices against all the respondents including developer Ninatic Inc, the state government and ministry of information and broadcasting,”
“Next hearing is likely to be after four weeks,” he added.
Moreover, the petitioner also claimed that this game is highly dangerous which requires people to walk around to catch imaginary pokemons.
On the other hand, after a massive launch a couple of months ago, Pokemon Go has recently saw a massive drops in user base.
(Source: The Indian Express)