WANTED : A Hangman

WANTED : A Hangman
I read the following news item with a fistful of salt : 
Kasab”s death penalty: Where is the hangman?
May 6, 2010
Mumbai, May 6 : Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab may have been sent to gallows but where is the hangman? 
This question popped up today after 22-year-old Kasab was ordered by a Mumbai trial court to be hanged by the neck until death since not a single hangman is on jail rolls. Maharashtra, whose capital Mumbai suffered the country”s worst terror attack in 2008, does not have a hangman.
The story is the same be it in the national capital”s Tihar jail where the last hanging was carried out in 1989 or in West Bengal which executed a capital punishment in 2004. “We had always borrowed hangman from other prisons.
Anyone who volunteers for the job can do it. Even if there is no hangman to be found, any police officer from the rank of a constable can also do it if he volunteers,” a Tihar Jail official said.
Legally, the government can appoint a hangman either for a short-term basis or as a permanent appointee. “If there is such a problem, it is only temporary.
The government can either appoint someone on a short-term basis or permanently. Moreover, any jail official can also do the job if he wishes,” G Venkatesh Rao, senior Supreme Court lawyer, who was also involved in the Indira Gandhi Assassination case said.
It was in 1989 that Satwant and Kehar Singh, convicted in Indira Gandhi Assassination case, were hanged to death. The latest case of execution was of Dhananjay Chatterjee who killed 14-year-old Hetal Parikh on March 5, 1990 at her apartment residence in Bhowanipur.
Chatterjee was kept at Alipore Jail for 14 years before his mercy plea was rejected by former President A P J Abdul Kalam and he was hanged to death on August 14, 2004. He was executed by the 87-year old hangman Nata Mullick in West Bengal.
Mullick, whose father Shibal Mullick was a hangman in the British colonial days, died in December 2009. Major jails across India face an acute shortage of trained hangmen.
Only men are employed for this job and the candidate has to be above 5 feet 4 inches tall. Other than the morbid nature of the job, the meagre salary also acts as a deterrent.
The hangman only gets a paltry amount of Rs 150 to Rs 200 for each execution.
The above news item compelled me to draft an advertisement for the post of a Hangman.
Here is my version-subject to modifications/suggestions from the readers: 
Government Of India
Department Of Capital Punishment (DCP)
Invites applications for the post of a Hangman
(For Supreme Court / High Courts of India)
Last Date for receipt of applications is 30th June 2010.
For details log on to : www.dcp.gov.in   &/or visit
Department Of Capital Punishment’s website and view details under
the caption :”Vacancies for a Hangman”
Total vacancies :10 ( likely to be inceased in next review )
For those who are not computer savvy or do not have access to internet facilities,here is the low down on the job details :
Age :Minimum 25. Maximum 65.
Qualifications :Minimum :NIL Maximum :Class XII (Science Stream)
Experience :No prior experience is necessary.
However,recommendations from family members / close relatives of previous reputed hangmen of the country,will be given due consideration.
Reservation :50% seats reserved for SC/ST/OBC as per norms/guidelines with approprriate relaxations in age,qualifications,experience,recommendations etc to deserving candidates.
Selection will be based on following criteria :Applicants to submit a 500 words essay in any Indian language or in English on the subject titled :” Why I would Love to be a Hangman “.The essay will be evaluated for its contents and originality by a panel of eminent advocates and their viewpoint will be final and there will be no scope for appeal on their decision.
Knowledge of various types of ropes,Indian rope tricks,nooses,boy-scout knots etc will be and added advantage and preferred.
Selected candidates will be given a month’s training in a suitable Indian jail (Of your choice. Please indicate 3 choices in order of preference) well equipped with the state-of-the-art machinery/equipment.Training will include using dummies of different weights,with different  types of ropes / knots and the performance will be appraised by a panel of retired judges.
No stipend / allowance will be paid during the training but arrangements for lodging boarding will be made as per norms.
Emoluments : Rs.500/- in cash per successful hanging ( Remuneration is likely to be increased as soon as recommendations of “8th Pay Commission For Review of Hangmen’s Salaries”are approved by suitable Act )
Desirable qualities of Applicants :
a) Sound physique b) Sound mind c) Stone-hearted d) Without an ounce of milk-of-human-kindness  e) No stock of tears (real or crocodile)  f) No sense of shock or remorse after each hanging.
As an added incentive, a special quota of 5 pouches of country liquor will be delivered to the hangman’s quarters after successful hanging is certified by appropriate jail authority.
The Hangman who executes Kasab will have the unconditional rights of telling his story to the media or writing a book or taking part in a reality TV show or selling the rights of filming his  appearances on international TV channels,without any prior permission from any authority and any income through such acts will be totally exempt from Income Tax as a special case.
Any other incentives/bonuses are subject to approval of JPC’s findings on their study report on ” Making the job of a Hangman in Indian Jails-smoother and easier “expected to be released by 15th August 2010 (with provisions for 3 annual extensions on merits of the case or on genuine reasons)
Submit Applications with 3 passport sized coloured photographs by speed-post with a stamped self addressed envelope for sending the interview call letter.
Applications received after the dead-line will be considered in next round provided no successful candidates are found for the posts in the first round.
Should I expect a large number of Applications for such a coveted post in our country where the un-employment index is much higher than the BSE/NSE stock index/SENSEX etc.??
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8 Responses to WANTED : A Hangman

  1. sts says:

    It is always pleasure to read your blog, will back here soon

  2. atreya sarma says:

    Jatinder, A scintillating write-up, and especially regarding the qualifications of mind and heart of the hangman applicants. Anyway, why appoint hangmen ages ahead of the “uncertain” execution and incur so much on them? (Already crores of rupees is being spent on Kasab.) “Uncertain” because of our lengthy and snail-pace judicial process – Special Court – High Court – Supreme Court – and then the proverbial Presidential Clemency. (We Indians always want to appear to be righteous before the rest of the world and obtain certificates of conduct from them!) And in the meantime, some Taliban could kidnap and hold some of our VIPs as hostage and take back Kasab! Anway, Mammu Singh has offered to be the hangman. Why don’t you recruit him direct, if necessary, by relaxing some of the parameters?

    U Atreya Sarma, Secunderabad
    May 8, 2010

  3. satyananda kumar says:

    Brocaji, Though the write appears to be partly funny it really poses a serious question as to the pros and cons in executing an archaic punishment by hanging in this modern age. The death sentence can be executed in several other possible modern ways. All that the government has to do is to make necessary amendments to the relevant statutes. Your article has reminded me of a recruitment notice I had handled, if I remember well, in 1982. A post of a messenger had fallen vacant. The vacancy was reserved for ST category. Being the international year for the handicapped, it was also reserved for physically handicapped. An employment notification was issued in leading Telugu dailies. Many applications were received but none fulfilled the conditions. Another notification was issued. But we faced the same problem. Yet another notification was issued in all National English Dailies and Telugu Dailies besides announcing in All India Radio in all important stations. At last we got a suitable person with much difficulty. He was ceremoniously appointed as Messenger in our office. The tail piece is he was promoted to a higher post within 6 months curtailing the probation period, in a back log vacancy and the messenger’s post had again fallen vacant. But gracefully the vacancy was de-reserved and filled with another person. The person who was appointed as a Messenger Boy now occupies the position of Assistant Secretary on reservation promotions, and some of the persons who participated in the exercise of preparing the advertisement are still holding the positions which are lower in rank to him! (Slightly abbreviated. – Ed)

    Ch J Satyananda Kumar, Visakhapatnam
    May 8, 2010

  4. rahul says:

    i am 22 years old man nd having capacity to be a hangman. give me a oppurtunity to hang out d bluddy kasab nd all other criminals. besides i have a hope of bright future bcz m going to join M.B.A i want to do dis job for clean d dust of criminals… i have no mercy for any criminal if i wud become a hangman n if i wud get a right to make a wish then my wish wud be that i shall hangout all criminals in one time those have d punishment to be hanged…

  5. rahul says:

    one thing more who make this bluddy requirement like age, quallification etc..break dis stupid requirement nts n make new requirement only in one line that is::: if any one want to become JALLAD then come n join immediately….

  6. you have a good sense of humour.

  7. Hello. excellent job. I did not expect this. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!

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