DIYUN, NOV 01: Dice or popularly known as “Jhandi Munda” though banned last year by the Arunachal Pradesh Govt., people couldn’t resist their longing to play the game. Arunachal Pradesh was perhaps the only Indian state where gambling was legal under the Public Gambling Act, enacted in 1867. But last Diwali , it was banned issue of licences for setting up betting booths.
It has been a culture to set up Dice Kiosks during Diwali and Durga Puja. Every year thousands of rupees were spent on gambling during the three days with many returning home with empty wallets. “There is every chance of people becoming paupers in no time, as jhandi munda is a sort of addiction,” people say.
If a strict rule is not being imposed against this social menace the game will continue to stay.