Theme: Dilemma

A Hangman's Prayer

Maa! Make your son a brute
To spread his demonic paws;
Tinge his eyes with your tongue
To beam blind a gallows - bird.
Transplant a tiger’s heart,
Fill the veins with wine raw
To feast fast a heart
Like a hungry beast.
They say: I’m dispassionated,
More so when I strop claws.
They carry me in a secret cage
To the grim platform to growl.
Why should I wear a mask,
Be a tiger for minutes
To be jeered after by ghosts
All night when ‘ they `sleep?
Make me a tiger all years
With whiskers and nails
Burning bright to glow
The new jungle of justice . .

Dhananjaya Chatterjee,a security guard held guilty of rape and murder of school student Hetal Parekh in a housing complex. Dhananjay had been sentenced to death in 1991, the judgement invited a debate against capital punishment for which it was delayed But finally at Alipore Central Jail in Kolkata the execution had duly been carried out at the scheduled time .The 84 years old hangman, Nata Mullick carried out an execution after a break of 12 years.. 27 .8.04


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