A police officer in Madhya Pradesh has come up with an innovative way to 'punish' people who are refusing to adhere to COVID-19 lockdown norms.
Santosh Singh, a sub-inspector in Satna, has been asking those who are caught violating the lockdown norms to write "Ram Ram' in note books for at least 30 minutes.
The Madhya Pradesh government has imposed a curfew in several parts of the state to curb the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
According to Times of India, the cop bought note books for the purpose. He said this is not a strict enforcement and added that those violating the rules are usually asked to stay in confinement for an hour and are also fined. "What I have been doing is asking those who are in confinement to write 'Ram Ram' in those copies," he was quoted as saying.
He said he would ask the name of the person before asking anyone to write the name of Lord Ram to ensure that no religious sentiments are hurt and added that nobody is forced to do it.
So far nobody has complained about it, the cop said, although a few youth had asked him if they could write in just one page instead of four-five pages. "Normally, people who are forced to sit idle in confinement write it happily," he added.