Indonesia Locks Quarantine Violators Inside ‘Haunted House’
Sragen, Indonesia – Residents who were caught violating community quarantine protocols were locked up inside haunted houses.
Sragen regency head Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati said she ordered the unusual punishment because there continues to be an influx of people loitering around even after lockdowns in Jakarta and other major cities were declared.
However, some weren’t respecting orders to isolate themselves for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus across the region on Indonesia’s densely populated Java island.
Sukowati ordered communities to make use of old empty houses, often believed to be haunted and supernatural things live, as the temporary jail of violators. Five people have been tossed into spooky jails so far.
Authorities chose a long-abandoned house and arranged it with beds placed at a distance and separated by curtains. Heri Susanto, one of the violators tossed in the haunted house, said he has not yet encountered a ghost but admitted he has learned his lesson.
Meanwhile, in Philippines, authorities have also unique ways to make stubborn violators learn their lesson. Some are putting violators inside coffin while others make them do community service all day as punishment.
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