Hangman quits after seeing gallows

Last updated 10:36 12/03/2014

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Sri Lanka is searching for a new hangman after the latest recruit got upset on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit.

The Prisons Department appointed the new hangman, the third most qualified from 176 applicants, last week, months after two hangmen chosen late last year failed to show up for work.

"We gave him one week's training, but he resigned after seeing the gallows, saying that he didn't want the job," Chandrarathna Pallegama, commissioner general of prisons, told Reuters.

"He told me that after seeing the gallows he got upset... Next time, we will show the gallows to the new recruits before giving them basic training."

But it's not as if he would have been likely to hang anyone anyway. The job is light administrative work only.

The Indian Ocean island nation, a predominantly Buddhist country, has not carried out an execution since 1976, despite the fact that there are at least 405 convicts on death row.

But an alarming rise in child abuse, rapes, murders, and drug trafficking in the country since the 25-year war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended in 2009 has prompted some lawyers and politicians to push for the death penalty to be reintroduced. 

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