Indonesian Authorities Lock Quarantine Violators in ‘Haunted Houses’

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Indonesia has had it with quarantine violators and they may have come up with the best answer to the problem we’ve seen.

According to the Jakarta Post, Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati, an Indonesian politician, is trying to scare people into obeying quarantine rules by threatening to lock them inside haunted houses if they violate the regulations. We’re not talking about Halloween funhouses here, either.

Belief in the supernatural is an intrinsic part of Indonesian culture. They take this very seriously, and no one would want to be locked inside a home that was considered haunted.

The country has already used the belief in the pocong, a ghost trapped in its burial shroud unable to move into the afterlife, in their efforts to improve social distancing.

Sukowati instructed local authorities to use any abandoned house that was believed to be haunted in these efforts, and as of April 21, 2020, five people had been subjected to this unusual form of house arrest.

Interestingly enough, this is also being used for newcomers to the area. Many countries have put a mandatory 14-day period of isolation for those traveling to their area or returning from foreign countries to help contain Covid-19.

In Sepat village, three residents have been quarantined under these measures so far, and the Jakarta Post quoted one man who found himself in this spooky lockdown as saying, “I know this is for everyone’s safety. Lesson learned.”

Indonesia has seen a strikingly high number of cases of Covid-19, and honestly, we can’t blame them for using whatever measures are necessary to contain the virus and lower the number of infected citizens.

Time will tell if these methods work.

Waylon Jordan is a lifelong fan of genre fiction and film especially those with a supernatural element. He firmly believes that horror reflects collective fears of society and can be used as a tool for social change.