Activities at casinos leading to rise in abortions: BJP leader
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 15:58
Panaji: Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Manohar Parrikar (BJP) on Thursday claimed that "activities" at off-shore casinos were resulting in the rising number of abortions in the city.

"The kind of activities that happen at midnight on the road running adjacent to the off-shore casinos are disgusting," Parrikar said in the House today.

Quoting his doctor friends in the city, he said the number of abortions had risen due to this.

He demanded that the state government ban the entry of persons below 21 years into off-shore casinos.

"Casino is a prohibited activity and that is why you can regulate activities here. Do not allow the person below 21 years of age to enter the casinos," the BJP leader said.

He also pointed out the reply tabled in the House by state Home Ministry which said that there were no restrictions on women and children entering the casinos.

State Home Minister Ravi Naik said that youths below 21 years would not be allowed in the casino, and necessary rules were being drafted.

Experts would also study whether employees at the casinos could be exempted from the age bar, he said.

"Besides, a committee under the director, financial intelligence unit, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has examined issues in detail and submitted its recommendations to the Union Government," Naik said.

The committee had recommended a comprehensive legislation and setting up of a gaming commission to regulate the casinos in Goa, he informed the House.


First Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 15:58

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