Anti-Maskers in Indonesia Are Forced to Dig Graves for People Who Died From COVID-19

Residents who refused to wear masks were ordered to dig graves for COVID-19 victims in East Java, Indonesia.

The punishment, which reduced the workload of actual gravediggers, took place at the public cemetery in Ngabetan, a rural village in Cerme district, Gresik regency last Wednesday.

 

A total of eight residents were forced to work in pairs for each grave. One was assigned to do the digging, while the other was tasked to lay 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,” said Cerme district head Suyono, according to Tribun News. “Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations.”

Some anti-maskers. Image Screenshot via SURYAtv / Tribun Network

All eight residents were reportedly caught without masks in public. Under Regent Law No. 22/2020, residents who violate COVID-19 safety protocols can be fined or punished with community service, according to The Jakarta Post.

However, the violators were only directed to prepare the graves. They were never in contact with corpses, which health officials handle using full-body protective equipment.

Anti-maskers dig graves for COVID-19 victims. Image Screenshot via SURYAtv / Tribun Network

On Tuesday, Indonesia reported 3,507 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its total tally to 225,030, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, the number of deaths increased by 124 to 8,965, the highest in Southeast Asia.

A day earlier, Jakarta returned to quarantine measures after recording its highest one-day rise of coronavirus cases. This requires all infected persons to isolate themselves at official facilities, according to Jakarta Globe.

Feature Image Screenshots via SURYAtv / Tribun Network

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com