Last week photos flush of dual misleading Western tourists being paraded around an Indonesian island in a “walk of shame” for purported theft.
The images uncover a unfamiliar male and lady walking alongside uniformed officers on a island of Gili Trawangan, with card signs around their necks.
The signs read: “I am lift [sic]. Don’t do what we did…!!!”
The use of parading those deemed to have committed crimes on a Gili Islands has left on for many years nonetheless a accurate origins are unclear.
After cinema of a occurrence seemed on amicable media, including an central Facebook page for a small islands, a series of questions have been asked about this surprising ritual.
What is a ‘walk of shame’?
The conduct of West Nusa Tenggara range tourism office, Lalu Muhamad Fauzal, told a BBC that a use of parading those counsel to have committed crimes on a islands came out of an agreement between locals and military on a mainland.
Most such walks occur on Gili Trawangan, a largest and many grown of a 3 Gili Islands, off a seashore of Lombok, about 40km (25 miles) easterly of Bali.
Unlike Bali that attracts many tourists from around a world, a Gili Islands are many smaller and counsel mostly protected and peaceful. One circuit of a Trawangan is usually about 7km (4.3 miles).
Why is it done?
The military do not have a permanent participation on a small islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno or Gili Air. Instead, private confidence officers ensure a islands, with support from mainland military when necessary. Most of a guards in a latest march seem to be private, nonetheless during slightest one appears to be wearing a military uniform.
“Since there is no military coercion on a small pleasant bliss island, we have a possess manners for thieves. If someone gets held stealing, he or she has to march around a island,” Karina, from a island’s Facebook page, told a BBC. “Later on a chairman will get criminialized from a island and is not authorised to lapse for a few years.”
“It is to make people wakeful that they can't revisit a unfamiliar nation and take what they wish though consequences,” she added, echoing a widespread view on a islands that a use is both satisfactory and effective.
“I never listened that someone was indicted poorly for a travel of shame”.
Mr Fauzal concluded a parades could take credit for a island’s low crime rate and their repute for being distant some-more pacific than circuitously Bali.
He combined that many of those paraded are locals, nonetheless some are unfamiliar tourists who were dipsomaniac or “forced to take purses” as they had run out of money.
Is it legal?
It is not transparent either there is any grave authorised basement for a parades, though as a indicted generally equivocate some-more critical sanction, some observers have suggested that annoyance and a anathema from a islands is preferable to a probity conflict and a probability of a excellent or worse.
Oji Nuria Manggala, who witnessed a parade, told a BBC that a guards concomitant a foreigners pronounced a span had been held on confidence camera hidden a bike, and could not repudiate it.
However, it has not been probable to brand a span to endorse a allegations or either they had any event to mountain a defence.
And their rights?
The island’s clearly unassuming form of probity has astounded some with a counsel miss of regard for a remoteness of a accused, and transparent authorised process.
While locals a BBC spoke to did not share any doubts about a parade, others have suggested that even a trusting competence be tempted to opt for open chagrin rather than face grave charges underneath a Indonesian probity system, that is infrequently criticised for crime and a miss of transparency.
Reporting by BBC Indonesian’s Endang Nurdin and a BBC’s Simeon Paterson.