The hangman was called on duty after several years. Capital punishment was almost abolished in the country, till a ghastly rape-murder happened. The barbarism involved in the crime generated a powerful wave against the criminals.
The hangman was being interviewed by several channels about the art and science – thickness and quality of rope used, time needed and procedures.
Idly, I think about the job of coroners, coffin-makers and keepers in the funeral ground. What a life which revolves around the rituals of death! I guess they outgrow the fear of death.
The executioner who haS acquired a quasi-celebrity status is explaining,
“At 5.30 am, the convict will climb the stairs. After the deed is done, the family can claim the body.
I hope this is the last time for me.
I hope where no one left, no one comes on the bare platform again.”