What does executioner say to his ears, right before hanging the culprit, you will be shocked to know

Killing someone is not an easy task to do and that is the job of an Executioner (Jallaad). Everyone has watched some Bollywood movies in which you must have seen that before hanging any prisoner, the executioner says something in his ears. But nobody knows what he says.

In India, there is a provision of ‘Sentence to Death’ for various crimes after a person has been proven guilty. The criminals guilty of rape and sedition have been the talk of the town after being executed in the past few years.

The hangman asks for forgiveness from the criminal before he pulls the lever attached to the platform. During this, if the criminal is a Hindu, the executioner says ‘Ram-Ram’ and if the person who is to be executed is a Muslim, the executioner says ‘Salam’ in their ear.

The executioner further says, “What can we do, my hands are tied with duties.”

This is to be noted that whenever someone is hanged in India, a certain set of rules has to be followed. The hanging rope, the time of the execution, the process, everything has to be decided prior to the execution.

In India, hangings generally take place in the wee hours of the day. The execution is performed at Tihar jail and the jail superintendent is the one to ensure that all formalities in this regard are completed in time.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.