A group of tourists who broke coronavirus lockdown restrictions in India have been forced to write “I am so sorry” 500 times in an unusual punishment handed out by local police.
The travelers from Austria, Australia, Israel, and Mexico were visiting the Indian town of Rishikesh – made famous by the Beatles in 1968 – when India went into complete lockdown due to the coronavirus.
The restrictions in India confine people to their homes, allowing them to leave for essential services such as food and medicine only.
The group of tourists were caught walking in the town and brought to the local police station. Upon arrival, the arresting officer came up with an unusual punishment to “teach them a lesson.”
He made the tourists write “I did not follow the rules of lockdown so I am so sorry,” 500 times each.
Unusual punishments are becoming common across India as the police think of new ways to deal with people who disregard the current covid-19 lockdown.
One such method is making drivers do squats and leapfrogs on the roadside if they are caught driving without a valid reason.
However, there is also a serious human rights issue in India with some states reporting police beating people on the roadsides.
As of today, India has more than 8,300 coronavirus cases and 273 deaths.