Local police forced villagers in India to hang posters with skulls, which universally symbolize “Danger” because they were not vaccinated against the CCP Virus, Reuters reported on Thursday,10 June.
Police officers in the Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh state implemented the mandatory posters, they said, as a way of ‘encouraging’ local villagers to receive a vaccine against the Chinese coronavirus, but their methodology was undoubtedly overbearing and, arguably, distasteful.
On the posters, in addition to the skull and crossbones, one could also read a text that said: “Do not come near me, I am not vaccinated. Please stay away from me,” reinforcing the idea of generating fear and panic among the other residents of the village.
Speaking to India Today, Santosh Patel, a police officer from Niwari district explained the decision to implement this controversial methodology saying,
“Watching the low vaccination rate in our district we decided to honor the people who got vaccinated, but then we also found a large number of people who were not vaccinated,” so then, “to teach them a lesson and encourage them to get vaccinated, we administrated an oath to get them inoculated as soon as possible.”
The video footage uploaded to the internet, which soon went viral, shows villagers carrying these ‘condemnatory’ posters, which were used by the local police to admonish those who had not complied with orders to be vaccinated against the Chinese virus.
This authoritarian methodology drew immediate backlash from social media users, who called it “insulting” and “stigmatising.”
Officer Patel also said that those vaccinated were given a poster in the colors of the Indian flag that read “I am a nationalist” as a kind of reward.
Despite India being the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, only about 14% of residents in Madhya Pradesh have received the coronavirus vaccine, with vaccination rates in rural areas such as Niwari among the lowest in the country.
Residents’ hesitancy to take the CCP Virus vaccine has become a major problem for the Indian state government. The police have launched a controversial warning campaign for those who do not wish to be vaccinated or still have doubts about the experimental vaccine’s safety.
But this was not the only case that attracted international attention in India. A striking case occurred in the village of Sisauda in the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh.
As reported by the Deccan Herald on Sunday 23 May, when a team of health officials arrived in the village on the same day to vaccinate residents against the CCP virus, they were stunned when the villagers fled into a nearby river and even jumped into the water when the officials reached the shore.
Fearing that many of the villagers might drown in the river if they continued, the officials assured them that they would not be vaccinated.
According to reports, some 200 people who did not want to be vaccinated fled their homes, and only 14 people in the village of 1,500 could be vaccinated.
The low uptake of the vaccine among the working classes and other minority groups in India is likely due to widespread distrust of the vaccine and government-funded vaccination camps.
India has long been a guinea pig for vaccine experiments mainly carried out by institutions, together with pharmaceutical companies, with catastrophic results, which have so far gone unpunished by the law.
About this, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and two organizations funded by them, PATH (Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health) and GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation), were accused of massive vaccine damage to hundreds of children in India.
The Economic Times in India commented on a report that indicated Dr. Rukmini Rao and other complainants filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2012 concerning the HPV vaccine studies.
“BMGF has to take full responsibility because PATH is funded by them. It is also unethical when people championing the cause of vaccines are the same ones who are also investing in vaccine development,” said Rukmini Rao.