I've written about alternative punishments in the past, and I like Rajahmundry's idea of using drummers to force tax evaders to cough up.

Tax evaders in a southern Indian city are having cash beaten out of them - by troupes of drummers.

Authorities in the city of Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state are sending drummers around to create a noise outside homes until evaders cough up.

Officials say they recouped 200,000 rupees ($4,600) on the first day.

Harried residents emerged from their homes to be told by accompanying tax collectors to pay up or continue facing the music.

I like the idea of public shaming, plus the nuisance of the noise would encourage pressure from the neighbors of the evaders.



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