September 15, 2020, 3:22 PM

After eight people refused to wear face masks in public places amid COVID-19 crisis, local authorities punished the violators by making them dig graves for people who had died of COVID-19 in Gresik regency in East Java at Indonesia.

As reported in Jakarta post, Cerme district head Suyono told Tribun News, “There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them. The violators were asked to dig graves at public cemetery at Ngabetan village.”

Suyono had assigned two people to each grave for the assistance of gravediggers. While one was given the task of digging the grave, other was assigned the work of laying wooden boards inside the hole to support the dead body.

However, no violator was forced to handle the dead bodies. The total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 2,18,382 and fatalities to 8,723 in Indonesia. 

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