Monday, 07 September 2020 09:28

Indonesians Who Don't Wear Face-Masks Are Punished By Being Made To Lie In Coffins By Police

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People found without a face mask were offered the option of staying in a coffin, instead of paying a fine or performing community service in Jakarta

Jakarta police have been told to stop enforcing a notorious measure on people who fail to wear face masks.

The penalty saw those found in a false coffin without wearing mask given the option of community service, a fine or laying down.

Many trapped in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, were told on Wednesday and Thursday to "contemplate" the possible health danger from their error by lying down for several minutes in the coffin.

Santoso, the deputy head of Pasar Rebo subdistrict, claimed that the offenders had voluntarily opted to lay in the coffin rather than pay the fine or get community service.

“If they chose social work, they had to clean public facilities for at least one hour. When I asked why they didn’t pay the fine, they replied they didn’t have the money,” Santoso told Kompas news website earlier this week.

The controversial punishment was lifted yesterday (Friday) amid mounting criticisms.

East Jakarta public order agency head Budhy Novial said he had reprimanded the officers and told them to punish people not wearing masks according to the current regulations.

“I’ve reprimanded the officers [who imposed the fake coffin sanction] and urged them to punish violators according to the current regulations."
He said he hoped the fines and social work punishment would be sufficient to make residents stick to the rules to curb COVID-19 transmission.

Other districts in Jakarta have built mini coffin monuments that feature the death rate data to raise awareness about coronavirus.

According to the Jakarta Post, Indonesia is among the countries with the highest death rate among children, surpassing the United States as one of the world's worst-hit country by the pandemic.

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