Casino is basically a facility for different types of gambling along with food, drinks and some other forms of entertainment including dance and music. In many countries, casinos are legal and tourist attractions. However, from moral and religious point of view, casino is not acceptable as it has many negative impacts on society. It encourages criminal and immoral activities and damages social harmony. It also distorts traditional culture.
Casinos in Sports Club
Recently gambling in casinos inside different sports clubs has been the talk of the country. Huge corruption and malpractices were revealed surrounding these sports clubs. According to the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has started a drive against corruption throughout the country and its first phase was apparently against these casinos.
This gambling has ruined many families of our country by taking away every possible asset of these families. But the addiction of gambling is very hard to overcome and despite realizing the destruction, many could not resist from getting ruined.
This dangerous game cannot be a sport by any means. But seemingly this has turned out to be very popular throughout the country and this has grown under the wings of government backed leaders, youth leaders and student’s leaders. These sports clubs are being identified as the sources of gambling in Bangladesh. Clubs like Fakirapool Young Men’s Club, Arambagh Krira Sangha, Victoria Sporting Club have earned the titles of national football, cricket or other sports competition on several occasion. But it is very different now.
Drive against Casinos
Law enforcement agencies reportedly have prepared a list of some 60 casinos in the capital Dhaka that enjoy a transaction volume of 1.2 billion Taka per night.
On 18 September 2019, law-enforcement agencies started the drives against illegal casinos and bars. Crime busting agencies have launched a crackdown on the sports clubs on allegations that illegal casinos were being operated there. During drives, RAB found casino equipments in several clubs in the capital and on club in Chattogram.
In the few days the RAB and police raided 22 sports clubs and 5 bars. About two hundred people were arrested in the drives, including some powerful political leaders.
MD. ALAL UDDIN