Gujarat HC issues notices to developers of ‘Pokémon GO’. The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued a notification to the designers of area based-augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon GO, taking after an public interest litigation (PIL) looking for a restriction on the amusement in India, affirming it harms religious estimations as well as a risk to national security.
According to the PIL by one Alay Dave, the image of eggs in the augmented reality game appear in places of worship of various religious groups. The petitioner has said eggs are considered non-vegetarian food, and it is blasphemous to carry non-vegetarian food inside a place of worship of Hindus and Jains. “People playing the game get their points in the form of virtual 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 my client has sought a ban on the game from the country,” the petitioner’s lawyer Nachiket Dave said.
The PIL additionally raised the issue of the diversion being utilized as an observation apparatus, bringing on a risk to national security.
The PIL refers to a case of police in Missouri, US, comprehending a robbery done robbers utilizing geo-location features of Pokémon GO.
Among different focuses raised against the game are that it infringes upon protection, privacy and it postures risk of life and limbs to the players, who need to stroll around to score a point.
The PIL said, “As it affects social, religious and national security interest, it should be banned in the country.”
Pokemon Go o a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was initially released in selected countries in July 2016.