Two Australians accused of stealing a bike on an Indonesian island have been forced to walk around with signs around their necks in a ‘walk of shame’.
The man and woman were surrounded by security officers as they walked across Gili Trawangan with signs dangling from their necks which read: ‘I am thieve. Don’t do what I did…!!!’
The public shaming is the preferred punishment on the Gili Islands, where there is no permanent police force, Daily Telegraph reported.
An Australian man and woman have been forced to wear signs accusing them of being thieves in a ‘walk of shame’ across Indonesia’s Gili Trawangan
The Australian pair were caught on CCTV allegedly stealing a bike from a local hotel 11 days ago
The Australian pair were caught on CCTV allegedly stealing a bike from a local hotel 11 days ago.
It’s not clear whether they were subject to investigation. They were not charged with any offence.
Village chief Muhamad Taufik said the hotel reported them to local authorities.
‘We interrogated them, made an agreement, paraded them around the island and forced them to leave Gili,’ Mr Taufik told AFP.
The public shaming is reportedly the preferred punishment on the Gili Islands, where there is no permanent police force
Daily Mail Australia understands the Australians have since left the island.
‘The walk of shame parade is a regulation in our village. I don’t know whether the police are charging them now, what matters to me is that they’re now gone,’ Mr Taufik said.
Photographs of the public shaming were posted to Facebook page Gili Trawangan, Meno, Air.
The administrator of the page said many locals make their living from renting out bikes.
‘They are dependent from it and many people needed that money to support their families,’ the administrator said.
The Australian pair are not the first to be punished in such a manner on the island. A different tourist is pictured being punished in the same way
A man believed to be French has been photographed wearing a similar sign
People on social media have debated the local justice.
‘Where is law enforcement then? … So if they have stolen something they should go through the process of the justice system,’ one person commented on the photograph on Facebook.
‘If we go to other countries we should be prepared to respect their culture and their laws. Stealing is stealing no matter where you live … Their punishment may seem harsh but in other countries they’d have a hand cut off for stealing or face stoning,’ another said.
The Australian pair are not the first to be punished in such a manner on the island.
A man believed to be French has been photographed wearing a similar sign.
‘I am from France. I am a thief. Do not trust me!’ the sign said.