Arunachal Pradesh, a north-eastern state in India shares its border with Burma, Bhutan and China. Agriculture is the main pillar of the economy of Arunachal Pradesh and the people from all sections like to practice gambling to entertain themselves and like to try their luck by placing bets on different things.
State and the law:
Notably, Number of people possess a fondness for Betting and Gaming in the state and Arunachal Pradesh was the only Indian state where gambling had been legal under the Public Gambling Act, enacted in 1867. In 2016 the District Magistrate Itanagar Capital Complex vide an executive order which prohibited all sort of gambling including house, cards, dice etc in any place, room or tent within the capital complex.
The order also stated that the offender who violates the order shall be arrested or charged depending on the provisions of law.
The order further stated that gambling of any sort is banned in the state under Arunachal Pradesh Gambling (Prohibition) Act, 2012.
Jhandi Munda, a popular practice:
Jhandi Munda, a traditional Indian betting game originated from Arunachal Pradesh which is played with six, six-sided dice. There are six different symbols on each of the sides of the dice namely a heart, a spade, a diamond, a club, a face and a flag. The players bet on which symbol will come face up the most number of times. The dice is then rolled and the one who predicts it right wins the game.
The practice of Jhandi Munda was legal in Arunachal Pradesh but the state government banned issuing licensing for setting up betting kiosks in 2013. The government said that it disturbed the peace.
“There is every chance of people become paupers in no time as Jhandi Munda was nothing less than an addiction,” it suggested.
Is Gambling Legal in Arunachal?
The lottery is permitted in Arunachal Pradesh but other forms of gambling including Jhandi Munda is now prohibited in the state.