The COVID-19 virus is still running rampant in Indonesia, and authorities are getting creative (and somewhat terrifying) in their enforcement of stay-at-home orders. We previously reported that one village had employed “ghosts” to keep folks in quarantine (link below); now, we’re hearing of another region punishing violators by locking them in haunted houses!
According to The Jakarta Post:
Sragen regency head Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati says she issued the unusual edict this week to deal with an influx of people to the area after lockdowns in the capital Jakarta and other major cities… Sukowati instructed communities to repurpose abandoned houses that were feared to be haunted — tapping widespread beliefs in the supernatural, which play a key role in Indonesian folklore.
“If there’s an empty and haunted house in the village, put people in there and lock them up,” Sukowati told AFP Tuesday when asked about the rule.
Thankfully, there’s been no suggestion by US authorities that haunted houses should be used to lock up those who violate self-quarantine orders!
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