PIL says Pokémon GO hurts religious sentiments; Gujarat HC issues notice to govt, developers

| Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 17:33
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Gujarat High Court, PIL, Pokémon GO, religious sentiments, non-vegetarian food, eggs, temples, Niantic Inc
New Delhi: Even before officially being launched in the nation, 'Pokémon GO' again made it to the headlines on Wednesday after the Gujarat High Court issued notice to state and central governments as well as the developer of augmented reality game on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging that the game hurts the religious sentiments of certain community by showing eggs in places of worship like temples.
The reason behind the PIL filed by one Alay Anil Dave at the Gujarat High Court is that many poke-stops in India includes temples and the user gets eggs which has to be hatched to collect a new Pokémon. As per the PIL filed by Dave, eggs are considered as non-vegetarian food and it is considered to be disrespectful if they’re carried or found at a religious place.
The petitioner’s lawyer Nachiket Dave said, “Pokémon GO hurts religious sentiments of Hindus and various other religions since eggs are depicted at temples and other houses of prayers belonging to several religions. I moved the PIL to know what the intention of this gaming company is.”
The game has been banned in Iran over safety concerns. Its developers have been sued in New Jersey because people playing it often trespass into private property.
The bench led by chief justice R Subhash Reddy admitted the PIL and issued notices to the governments and also the San Francisco-based developer of the game, Niantic Inc. The court also allowed the petitioner’s lawyer to issue notice to the foreign company through email, besides normal procedure.
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