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Police in Jakarta have been sanctioned to stop using a contentious punishment for people who refuse to wear face masks.

However, it was reported that the punishment for those caught not wearing mask given the option of community service, a fine, or laying down in a fake coffin.

Those caught in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, were reportedly told to “contemplate” the potential health risk from their mistake by laying down in the coffin for several minutes on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thereafter, Santoso, the deputy head of the Pasar Rebo subdistrict, contended that the offenders had voluntarily opted to lay in the coffin rather than pay the fine or get community service.

“If they chose social work, they had to clean public facilities for at least one hour. When I asked why they didn’t pay the fine, they replied they didn’t have the money,” Santoso told Kompas news website earlier this week.

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