COVID-19 rule breakers dig mass graves and pray for victims

Font Size:

After the Philippines, Indonesia is the country most affected by the coronavirus in Southeast Asia. The average number of new daily cases in Indonesia (at the time of writing) sits around 3500. The country has already recorded 232,000 cases of coronavirus and 9000 deaths.

As fines and alternative social sanctions have so far proven unsuccessful in deterring breaches of restrictions, Indonesian officials recently tried a new approach.

The standard punishment for those breaking safety restrictions and who refuse or are unable to pay fines of 100,000–250,000 rupiah ($9–$23), include cleaning public spaces such as picking up rubbish or sweeping sewers. But many officials have been coming up with new, highly criticised, alternatives aimed spreading awareness of the dangers of COVID-19 to deter further rule breaking.

These punishments involve digging the graves of COVID-19 victims, lying in coffins, and praying for the victims.

“It seems that the social punishment by cleaning up public facilities that have been implemented so far has not had a deterrent effect,” senior commissioner Sumardji, chief of Sidoarjo City Police, told the ABC. “So, we took the initiative to order the violators to pray together at the special grave for COVID-19 victims in Sidoarjo.”  

Individuals caught violating the wide-scale social restrictions in the Gresik Regency of East Java had to dig mass graves after refusing to pay fines.

“These efforts are a joint innovation, which perhaps makes our society more careful and creates a new culture, so people continue to wear masks,” said Abu Hassan, head of the Public Order Agency in Gresik. “They said they won’t repeat their mistakes and they expressed their empathy to those people who died due to COVID-19,” he continued.

After criticism that these punishments were too extreme, they have been temporarily suspended. Mr Hassan commented, “Maybe it is too traumatic, so we will get the punishment back to social work following the regulations.”

What do you think of Indonesia’s alternative punishments? Do you think having rule breakers dig graves and pray for victims is too traumatic?

If you enjoy our content, don’t keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.

RELATED LINKS

Trans-Tasman travel bubble is six months away: Air NZ boss

Safe, quarantine-free passage between Australia and New Zealand ‘months away'.

Spirits of the Red Sand: Queensland’s best tourist attraction

Queensland's top 150 attractions and destinations have been announced.

How to embrace isolation on your next holiday

Travellers are steadily growing tired of over-tourism, here's how to avoid it.

Written by Liv Gardiner



SPONSORED LINKS

Sign-up to the YourLifeChoices Enewsletter

continue reading

Property

Granny flats - a good idea but beware the baggage

In this extract from Avoiding the Ageing Parent Trap, author and lawyerBrian Herd tells why granny flats have become so...

Health news

Going to sleep later increases the risk of heart disease and death

Sorry, night owls, science says your late-night habits are unhealthy. A recent study concludes those who stay up late have...

Health news

Omega-3 supplements may slow cellular ageing

Do you take omega-3 supplements? Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your health, especially your heart, lungs, blood vessels, immune...

Health

A neuroscientist's go-to nutrients for brain and memory support

How often do you sit down in front of a meal and think 'wow, this is going to be great...

Activities

Who knew a crossword could do all this?

If you tackled this morning’s crossword, or successfully completed a sudoku, congratulations. Your brain is in a happier place. It...

Seniors Finance

Be a savvier saver with these nine tips

Many people have seen their savings pots wiped out by the impact of the pandemic. At the other end of...

Finance News

Big four banks dragged to court over credit 'rort'

Screaming, dressed in glistening armour and wielding an axe, Aaron Flores has defended the honour of Australia on the battlefield....

Health news

Public toilets are a disease risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people than ever to consider the potential for airborne particles to damage their health,...

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...