Indian residents obliged to take selfies every hour

Residents of parts of the states of India were obliged to take selfies every hour to confirm that they did not leave the place of self-isolation. You do not need to take photos only from 10 pm to 7 am.

Karnataka State uses the Quarantine Watch app to confirm quarantine. It monitors users’ movements via GPS and requires sending selfies every hour to confirm that residents have not left the place of self-isolation.

“Selfies will save you the attention of the police every hour,” the authorities wrote on Twitter explaining the purpose of the application. The only exception is the time when most of the population is sleeping – from 10 pm to 7 am. Violators of the regime will be sent to a specialized “government quarantine center”.

Quarantine Watch is just one of several applications and other digital surveillance measures that the state and central government have launched to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Although many Indians did not object to these measures, human rights defenders and lawyers such as Murali Nilakantan say these measures are “too intrusive and put people at risk of stigma and oppression.”

On March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21-day national isolation; police and administrative officials in each state are required to keep people in quarantine. According to the government, as of Friday, 6,725 active cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country.