#PunekarRants: A Pound of Flesh

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In the year 1408 in a then small town of France named Pont de Larche, a female entered a young couple’s home to find their four month old child unattended. Without reason or hesitation, she proceeded to brutally murder the infant, an incident that caused quite the uproar among the townsfolk. Justice was swift and only a few weeks later, she was sentenced to death by hanging and true to the law of the land, was executed. Nothing I have said so far may come as a surprise to you but what makes this story noteworthy is that the female, quite literally, was a pig (yes, a farm animal).

Fast forward over six hundred years and we live in a country that faces an epidemic of sex crimes. While we take photographs of bacon and pork chops and post them on social media (#foodporn #executedpigs), print and visual media are abound with stories of only the most heinous crimes against women.

Before this column gets saved, emailed to my editor, proofread and uploaded, statistics show that 93 women will be raped in our glorious nation. While several crores of the taxpayers’ money will be spent assessing just how much of Sunny Leone the public may be made privy to and parents everywhere warn their children against the threat to global security that is fornication, the filthiest kind of human being will continue to act on an imbalance of blood flow between his brain and appendage, in no fear of the law.

The death penalty in India is reserved for the ‘rarest of the rare’ cases. Sticks and stones being inserted inside rape victims, let alone the act of rape itself should qualify in the above criteria in any halfway decent society, but you know that already. In the case of any other crime, I believe a fair argument can be made in certain rare cases that the victim deserved the treatment that was met out to him or her (emphasis on rare), but under no circumstances can the act of rape be justified.


Rumour has it that several other farm animals were made to witness the execution of the pig in Pont de Larche. Further, for reasons known only to the judiciary at the time, the animal was dressed up in clothes and made to resemble the human form for its execution. I would not be averse to living in a society where examples were made of sex offenders on a daily basis.

Since 1995, five people have been given the death penalty in India while lakhs of women have been raped. I personally see no reason for a cessation to the killing of pigs in human form and I hope our lawmakers agree with me someday. You began reading this column questioning the logic of the French for handing out the death penalty for an unforgivable crime. Do you suppose it’s time for us to question our own logic for not?

Note: No farm animals were hurt in the writing of this column.

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