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It’s a long road to the gallows

mumbai Updated: May 07, 2010 01:06 IST
Shailendra Mohan
Shailendra Mohan
Hindustan Times
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab’s death sentence

If Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab’s death sentence is ratified, a long preparation process will begin.

For three months, the rope with which the convict is to be hanged would be dipped in butter to ensure it does not cause any pain to him.

Advocate Nilesh Pawaskar said the convict and the hangman are told of the tentative date of hanging at least three months in advance.

“It gives the convict time to pray and reflect upon things that he has done. He may also want to perform some duties,” Pawaskar said.

The hangman is given details about the person who is to be hanged. “A hangman needs to prepare the rope according to the weight, height and other physical attributes of the convict. He cannot just buy any rope from the market. He has to apply butter on it every day to ensure that its edges are smooth,” he added.

Pawaskar said a day before the hanging, the convict is told about it and is asked for his last wish. “Hangings generally take place early in the morning. The convict is woken up early, allowed to take bath and taken to the execution site. He is then again told of the reason why he is being punished,” he said.

Advocate Kiran Makasare said it is a long way to go before Kasab is hanged. “The court will have to send the matter to the high court for confirmation which will take some time. Then the same procedure will have to be followed at the Supreme Court.”

There is no hangman in the state. Home Minister R R Patil said: “Getting a hangman is not an issue. We will be able to get one easily when needed.”

Prison sources said they would wait for the confirmation of the death sentence. “We will ask the Centre to help us out on this matter,” a senior officer said.