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Report No. 187

Paragraph 871 provides for the comparative chart for general guidance of the Superintendent as follows:-

"Paragraph 871. Regulation of the "drop.- The following scale of drop proportioned to the weight of the prisoner, is given for general guidance, the Superintendent must 28use his discretion and be guided by the advice of the Medical Officer and the physical condition of the prisoner :-

For a prisoner under 100 lbs weight 7

For a prisoner under 120 lbs weight 6.

For a prisoner under 140 lbs weight 5- 1/2.

For a prisoner under 160 lbs weight 5.

Note: The last figures namely 7, 6, 5-1/2, 5 denote the height of the drop in terms of feet.

Note:- The "drop" is the length of the rope from a point on the rope opposite the angle of the lower jaw of the criminal as he stands on the scaffold, to the point where the rope is embraced in the noose after allowing for the constriction of the neck that takes place in hanging. Time of the execution: The time of the execution is provided in the early hours of the day. However the time varies as per the chart in the Paragraph 872.

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