Photos: People caught not wearing face masks in Indonesia made to lie down in coffins

Police in Jakarta have been ordered to stop using a controversial punishment for people who refuse to wear face masks.

The punishment saw those caught not wearing mask given the option of community service, a fine, or laying down in a fake coffin.

Those caught in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, were told to "contemplate" the potential health risk from their mistake by laying down in the coffin for several minutes.

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 said. 

The controversial punishment was lifted amid mounting criticisms. 



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