22 July 2014
Kerala has gone for the kill with a fat pay-packet for the man who does the dirty job – hang the death row convicts.
Facing an acute shortage of jail hangmen, the jail department submitted a suggestion to hike their fee from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2 lakh.
The move has virtually opened the floodgates.
In the state 16 convicts are facing gallows now and it is the duty of the jail department to keep hangman ready.
"According to 1957 jail manuals a hangman gets Rs. 500 for a single execution. Since it wasn't renewed all these years a suggestion was given to renew it substantially. It really triggered a massive response," said Kannur central jail superintendent Ashokan Arippa.