But then, as Gopal Baratham has written, "There are rumours that the caner was asked to go lightly on the boy so that the lashing did not leave permanent scars on his buttocks, scars that he could expose. It basically takes two weeks to heal" Repentance of a Rogue Trader Daily Mail, London, ). They want to be able to take their punishment like a man, and crying means a loss of face.
Main sources in addition to those mentioned in the text: Director of Prisons press conference, September 1974 (reported in numerous papers,.g. Thousands of judicial canings are ordered each year.