The TN government panel recommended a complete ban on online rummy. ProIQRA News

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New Delhi: A panel set up to examine the effects of online rummy in Tamil Nadu has found that 17 deaths have been reported in the state due to addiction. Stating that online rummy addiction cannot be controlled, a four-member panel headed by retired Madras High Court judge Chandra called for a complete ban on it.

The Tamil Nadu government had decided to set up the committee in the wake of the recent rise in the number of online gambling-related suicides in the state.

A panel tasked with reviewing the negative effects of online rummy presented its recommendations to Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday.

The report added that the suicide toll and many others had suffered heavy financial losses.

It also called for an immediate end to online rummy advertising, which has been endorsed by celebrities.