From murga to Masakali 2.0 loop — Indian police is using school-time punishments for lockdown violators
- In Rajasthan, violators will be forced to listen to Masakali 2.0 on a loop.
- In Uttarakhand, police made 10 foreigners write ‘I am sorry’ 500 times.
- Maharashtra brings back the classic — ‘murga’ punishment.
Hence, police across the country chose to chide them like diligent school teachers who want to shame children into doing the right thing. These unique punishments include writing impositions, making them listen to widely-hated songs and much more.
Here are some of the rib-tickling punishments enforced on lockdown violators:
In Rajasthan, violators were made to listen Masakali 2.0 on loop
Apart from Coronavirus, Indians have something new to hate. The remake of a popular A R Rahman song, Masakali, named Masakali 2.0 has managed to anger even the otherwise reclusive Oscar-winning composer.
Jaipur police decided that it makes for an apt punishment for violators to listen to the song starring Siddharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria. Police warned on social media that they will confine violators to a room and then play the song on a loop. Torture much?
मत उडियो, तू डरियोना कर मनमानी, मनमानीघर में ही रहियोना कर नादानीऐ मसक्कली, मसक्कली#StayAtHome #JaipurPolice… https://t.co/oBMPle2RQC— Jaipur Police (@jaipur_police) 1586423187000
Uttarakhand police make violators write ‘I am sorry’ 500 times
Foreign tourists who have never heard of the original Delhi 6 song, might even enjoy Masakali 2.0. So, when Uttarakhand police found 10 tourists — from Israel, Mexico, Australia, and Austria — taking a walk in Rishikesh, they chose another punishment.
They made them write -- “I did not follow the rules of lockdown so I am so sorry” 500 times. Isn’t this what 8-year-olds are made to do for talking in class?
Maharashtra brings back the classic ‘murga’
The Mumbai police went desi on those roaming the streets without masks. On April 11, they asked several lockdown violators to do a ‘murga’ — elderly schoolmaster style. In this punishment, people are expected to hold their ears via their knees in a sitting position (obviously!) — popularly called the chicken position.
It seemed to have an effect on the naughtiest kids of the class so maybe violators could behave better next time.
Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra police make violators do sit-ups
Maharashtra police had also used the same tactic. It posted a video of at least nine people doing sit-ups near a traffic signal, bringing back unwanted playground memories.
In Uttar Pradesh, police make violator mark social distancing circles
श्री इन्द्र विक्रम सिंह @dmupsha एवं डा0 एस.चन्नप्पा SP #shahjahanpurpol द्वारा जनता कर्फ्यू के मद्देनजर कोरोना सं… https://t.co/UTNeUYC2Wq— SHAHJAHANPUR POLICE (@shahjahanpurpol) 1585127689000
What is better punishment than passing on boring and annoying jobs? A police officer in Uttar Pradesh punished a curfew violator by asking him to draw social distancing circles in front of medical and ration shops. The measurement of meters and the pain of sitting and drawing should drive home the point - stay home and stay safe.
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