Sri Lanka looks for a new hangman as fresh recruit quits on seeing gallows


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

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.

Chandrarathna Pallegama, commissioner general of prisons said: ‘We gave him one week’s training, but he resigned after seeing the gallows.
‘He said that he didn’t want the job.

‘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.’

According to reports, he wouldn’t have been likely to hang anyone anyway as the job is mostly light administrative work only.

The Indian Ocean island nation is a predominantly Buddhist country, and has not carried out an execution since 1976.

Despite this, there are at least 405 convicts who have been sentenced to the death penalty.


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