Police in rural India have made some citizens who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus wear signs with a skull and crossbones, the universal symbol for danger, stoking anger in a country where shots are in short supply.
Madhya Pradesh police force anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to wear a skull and crossbones sign and a warning for others to avoid them.
“So to teach them a lesson and encourage them to get vaccinated, we administrated an oath to get them inoculated as soon as possible.”
Conversely, they reward those who get a vaccine with colourful badges with text reading “I’m a patriot as I’m vaccinated”.
The policy has provoked anger online, with social media users calling it an “insult” and “stigmatising”.