Pokemon Go is a popular augmented reality game across the world
THE augmented reality game Pokemon Go has ended up in court in India facing allegations it is “blasphemous” to millions of Hindus and Jains there.
The high court in Gujarat state was asked to ban the game because it is allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of many vegetarians with its images of eggs in places of worship.
The court has asked the makers of Pokemon Go to respond to the charges but it is unclear if the game’s makers, Niantic Inc, have yet done so.
Pokemon Go has not been officially released in India, but many Indians still play it thanks to workarounds, and the legal move has been widely ridiculed on Indian social media.
Indian temples are often Pokestops according to local reports – these are specially marked landmarks where players can gather supplies.
The anti-Pokemon Go petition to Gujarat’s high court also cited infringement of privacy, and a possible threat of life to the players searching for Pokemon animals as further grounds for banning the game.
With the term Pokemon Go trending on Twitter in India, many users posted criticisms about the “frivolity” of the case. These included former minister Shashi Tharoor, who tweeted: “To file in the “Only in India” category! Would be funny if such frivolous cases didn’t clog our judicial system.”