Wednesday, 29 May 2013
EYE FOR AN EYE: ACHILLES TENDON FOR ACHILLES TENDON
The community of Papua New Guinea has been horrified by the alleged action of three policemen in arresting a group of 70 men, making them lie in a line and cutting their achilles tendons with bush knives.
Apart from the lack of morality of the act, there are families whose men were turned into cripples. Many were breadwinners with responsibilities to look after their wives and children.
The policemen have not thought through their actions. They run the risk of being waylaid by family members and having their own tendons cut. If sentenced to prison, they will surely meet family members among the prisoners.
Knives are not difficult to come by in prisons of Papua New Guinea. A broken bottle will do the trick.
Recently there was a range of penalties voted upon by parliament. Aggravated rape brought the death penalty. What of aggravated achilles tendon cutting?