Gujarat High Court issues notices to govt, Pokemon Go developers for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

The division bench led by chief justice R Subhash Reddy admitted the PIL and issued notices to state and central governments and also San Francisco-based developer of the game, Niantic, Inc.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:September 7, 2016 1:50 pm
gujarat, gujarat high court, pokemon go, pokemon go game, Gujarat HC issues notice, augmented reality, mobile game, pokemon go craze, gujarat petition, gujarat religious temples, gujarat religious sentiments, india news The petitioner’s lawyer Nachiket Dave said that the image of eggs are shown in the game that appear in places of worships.

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued notices to state and central governments as well as the developer of location-based augmented reality game “Pokemon Go” on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging that the game hurts religious sentiments of certain communities by showing eggs in places of worship.

The division bench led by chief justice R Subhash Reddy admitted the PIL and issued notices to state and central governments and also 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.

The petitioner’s lawyer Nachiket Dave said that “this game 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 is the intention of this gaming company.”

He said that the image of eggs are shown in the game that appear in places of worships. He said that eggs are considered as non-vegetarian food and it is blasphemous to carry non-vegetarian food inside the temple or any other place of worship among Hindus, Jains and various other religions.

The PIL also questions the game saying that it infringes upon the privacy of individuals and poses threat of life to the players, who have to walk around to score a point.

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    Chandu Shah
    Sep 7, 2016 at 9:12 am
    The world would have been much peaceful. No ISIS or JIHAHDIS
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      George.Cruz
      Sep 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm
      Highly CORRUPT(HC) too has gone bonkers.
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        Raj
        Sep 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm
        ...and no Sanghis either
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          Schit.pawan.brahmins
          Sep 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm
          Now the world will soon know what the F is India!
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            arc
            Sep 7, 2016 at 9:13 am
            A dead cow in a temple and a dead pig in a mosque would be great. To think these Sanghi s are picking on a harmless egg. Make an omlette and eat it, silly oafs.
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              arc
              Sep 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm
              Find the egg. Plant it in soil. Water it regularly. In a year's time a lot of Sanghi dolts will grow.
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                Kabir
                Sep 7, 2016 at 9:23 am
                I don't think the company asked you to download it, if you do not want to see, do not download, those locations will never be used hence no eggs in your place. You want to eat the cake and again complain the cake contain eggs!
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                  nas
                  Sep 7, 2016 at 9:56 am
                  what a waste! i think they should sue the gods, saying when gods are supposed to have supernatural powers, why dont they burn the people who do such things!
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                    neelang
                    Sep 18, 2016 at 8:33 am
                    THIS STATEMENT SUCKS !!!!
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                      neelang
                      Sep 18, 2016 at 8:34 am
                      and by this statement i mean the statement related to the worship place and the egg
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                        Pee Vee
                        Sep 7, 2016 at 9:48 am
                        Is lawyer the peioner or he is peioner's lawyer???? As per his statement it seems the lawyer himself filed the PIL. Great move. It is of utmost importance to make sure that no non vegetarian food is shown at the place of worship. So no goats, no birds, no dogs (its a food in certain parts of world), no cows (!?!?!?!?) or buffaloes, no snakes or mouse as well because some people eat these animals. What happens to the temple of Krishna, Ganesh and Shiv???? Krishna without his customary cows, Shiv will probably have a rope around his neck and Ganesh will use a moped instead of Mouse as his transportation mode!!!!!!!!
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                          Ravi Prakash
                          Sep 7, 2016 at 9:07 am
                          What a joke ?
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                            suraj
                            Sep 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm
                            This is one of the Reasons why India will forever be a developing country....
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                              AGNIBHA MAITRA
                              Sep 7, 2016 at 11:50 pm
                              We will remain developing country for the next 50 million years...
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