Punishment For Not Wearing Mask: Go To Open Jail, Write Essay On COVID-19

Gwalior: The district administration in this Madhya Pradesh city has devised a novel way to punish those who violate COVID-19 guidelines in public places — they will be put in open jails and asked to write an essay on coronavirus.

Gwalior District Magistrate Kaushlendra Vikram Singh said the district authorities have launched a ‘Roko-Toko’ campaign to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

Citizens are being made aware of COVID norms, and also informed that violators will be penalised for flouting rules and sent to open jail, The Free Press Journal reported.

During the weekend, 20 people were sent to the ‘open prison’ at the Captain Roop Singh stadium and made to write an essay on COVID.

The DM said such measures were being taken as many people in Gwalior were not adhering to social distancing norms, some were not wearing face masks and some others just hanging the masks around their necks.

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