People in Gwalior, a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh will have to write an essay on Covid-19 as a punishment for violating Coronavirus norms.
Gwalior District Magistrate Kaushlendra Vikram Singh said the district authorities have launched a “Roko-Toko” campaign to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The violators will be put in open jails, he added.
On Saturday, at least 20 people were sent to the open prison at the Captain Roop Singh stadium, a cricket ground in Gwalior where they were made to write an essay on Covid.
Mr Singh said many people in Gwalior were not adhering to the social distancing norms, and some of them could be spotted without face masks or many just hang the masks around their necks.
Anyone found without masks during daily checking in the city would be being sent to an open prison as a punishment for breaching Covid rules.
With this ‘weird’ punishment authorities of the city hope that people follow the basic pandemic rules in public such as wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth and also maintain physical distance.
Unlike Gwalior, many cities in India and around the world have imposed fines for violators as punishment.
The European nation of Greece imposed the highest fine in the world, a fine of USD $467 for people who don’t wear facemasks in public transport and public indoor spaces.