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Video clips: Peru

With comments by C. Farrell



Peru - public whippings: six clips. Clip 6 is New!

CLIP 1 OF 6

In Cajamarca in northern Peru, in March 2011, a young man and woman were whipped 35 strokes for adultery. This 1½-minute TV news report shows some extracts from the punishment session, in which the culprits had to bend over to be disciplined at the hands of various local citizens. It was obviously an emotional and painful affair for all the families affected. What is interesting from our point of view is that these are not just random "beatings": rather, there seems to be an ingrained understanding of the formal "bending-over" stance, and the lashes are delivered specifically to the offenders' buttocks, suggesting that, in this part of South America, even with, as far as we know, no surviving tradition of that kind of punishment at the official level (either school or judicial), the concept somehow endures in the culture.

    Note that those being dealt with appear on the face of it to accept this punishment, or at any rate they make no effort to resist it. We may deduce from this scene that local ethnic communities in Peru are de facto permitted to operate their own system of JCP even though there is no provision for it in the national legislation, much as in neighbouring Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia.

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CLIP 2 OF 6

This one-minute news clip (August 2012) is also from the Cajamarca region of Peru. These whippings are of several men for prostitution, and also of the prostitute herself.

    Once again we see the offenders more or less properly bending over, and the whip being targeted precisely at the buttocks.

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CLIP 3 OF 6

Three-minute clip showing judicial corporal punishment under way, again in Cajamarca, in November 2011. This is an amalgam of three different TV companies' versions of the same event, in which three youths were made to bend over to be whipped across the seat of their jeans for robbery. They were also forced to do press-ups.

    The punishment is administered by a woman in a room crowded with local citizens. The instrument used is a stiff plaited whip, appearing to have more or less the characteristics of a large cane. The strokes are hard, and accurately targeted at the buttocks. We can see from the culprits' reactions that they are really painful.

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CLIP 4 OF 6

In this 2-minute video we are in the Chetilla district of Cajamarca in January 2014. Two teenagers, Alberto Alva Garcia and Margarita Alva Lopez, are up before an open-air village court for having a sexual relationship, a charge aggravated by the fact that they are close cousins. The girl's father found them together, and a mobile phone message is presented as evidence.

    The boy is made to assume an "all-fours" position with his bottom in the air to receive four hard strokes on the seat of his trousers. He is heard gasping with pain. As in the earlier clips, the implement is a stiff plaited whip. Then it is the girl's turn, but she gets up yelling after the first stroke, and it is not known whether her punishment was completed later.

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CLIP 5 OF 6

A 90-second film from Spanish-speaking US television about the use of local community CP by "town patrols" (vigilante groups) in Cajamarca, Peru. It turns out that the traditional implement used (see clips above) is made from bulls' penises, dried out and twisted into a stiff plaited whip. The manufacturing process is shown, as also a few more examples of the whip in use.

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CLIP 6 OF 6 New!

This 3-minute clip from 2016 shows three more Cajamarca youths being whipped across the seat of their jeans. They were accused of trying to burgle houses. Near the end of the film, two of them are made to whip each other.

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