Anti-maskers in Indonesia forced to dig graves for COVID victims as punishment

Eight men who refused to wear face masks in public were forced to dig graves for those who died in Indonesia as a result of COVID-19.

In a bid to curb the rise of coronavirus cases, the East Java province has introduced mandatory face masks in public.

The punishment was imposed in the district of Cerme where its head of the district, Suyono, said he had punished people who did not follow the rules by having them dig graves at a Ngabetan village cemetery.

Two individuals were assigned to each grave, one digging the grave and the other laying inside wooden boards to support the corpse.

“There are only three available gravediggers at the moment so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” Suyono told Tribun News.

“Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations.”

Digging the graves is not the only uncommon punishment dealt with by some Indonesians. Police forced anti-maskers to sit in a hearse containing a casket last week, where they were asked to reflect on their acts.

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