Get Back (inside): Indian officials force 10 tourists to write 'sorry' 500 times after being caught wandering through ancient city where The Beatles sought spirituality in 1968
Ten foreigners who broke a coronavirus lockdown in an Indian town made famous by the Beatles, were forced to repent by writing 'I am so sorry' - 500 times, officials said Sunday.
The nationwide lockdown was imposed near the end of March, with residents permitted to leave their homes only for essential services such as buying groceries and medicine.
The travellers - from Israel, Mexico, Australia and Austria - were caught taking a walk in Rishikesh, where The Beatles sought spirituality at an Ashram in 1968.
Local police officer Vinod Sharma said they were each made to write 'I did not follow the rules of lockdown so I am so sorry' 500 times.
More than 700 foreign tourists from the US, Australia, Mexico and Israel staying in the area had flouted the lockdown rules, Sharma said, adding the unusual punishment was handed out to teach them a lesson.
Police said they would direct hotels in the area to allow foreign guests to step out only if accompanied by local helpers.
Establishments that did not follow the order could face legal action, Sharma said.
Police have come up with unusual methods to encourage people to stay home to halt the spread of the deadly disease, including wearing coronavirus-shaped helmets.
But officers in some states were also seen in videos on social media beating drivers on roadsides and making people out and about during lockdown do squats and leapfrogs as punishment.
On Sunday, police said they arrested nine people violating the lockdown after an officer's hand was chopped off in northern Punjab state's Patiala district.
The group were stopped in a vehicle at a checkpoint and - refusing to turn back as ordered - hit the accelerator and smashed into steel barricades, officials said.
During the clash, one of the group pulled out a sword, slicing off a policeman's hand. Six more officers were injured in the attack, police said.
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JulieDV, West London, United Kingdom
That is the equivalent of asking forgiveness, not saying sorry.
RAMBO100, UK, United Kingdom
last but not least which officer checked there was 500 times sorry and not 498 to see if they have cheated
Volkston, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hippies are dangerous.
TheLovelyEbonyBrown, Pretoria, South Africa
The Indians do not want to start any diplomatic wars, if those were Indian citizens, they would have been whipped with sticks and thrown in jail.
Indian Police is generally kind to tourists as I've witnessed mostly.
sarajm, Thorpe, United Kingdom
Tourist idiots, why do they think they are above the restrictions? Go home.
Cubs, New York, United States
I think UK Poluce should adopt some of India's Policing methods.
bigtoe45, south, United Kingdom
India really is a filthy cess pit! And I wont be convinced otherwise and its history of sex assaults against women and children is disgraceful
mr bean 1, oswestry, United Kingdom
Whip tourists as well .... they know the rules
georgie fish, Leicestershire., United Kingdom
Different time zone. About 200 years behind GMT.
Southwest121, Exeter, United Kingdom
Ahhh India what a strange country