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Does Pokemon Go Hurt Hindu Sentiments? Gujarat HC Wants to Know

To find eggs in temples of Hindus and Jains is blasphemous, says the petitioner.

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Pokémon Go has made headlines all over the world within days of its launch. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre, the Gujarat government and US-based Niantic Inc over a PIL complaining that mobile game ‘Pokémon Go’ hurts Hindu sentiments.

The petitioner, Alay Anil Dave, took exception to images of eggs shown in the augmented reality game appearing at the places of worship of different 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.

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People playing the game get their points in the form of 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 therefore my client has sought ban on the game from the country.
Nachiket Dave, Petitioner’s lawyer

Among other points raised against the game are; it infringes upon privacy, and it poses a threat to the life and limb of the players who have to walk around to score points.

(With agency inputs.)

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