The recourse to swearing in front of a deity to elicit truth from the suspected criminal
has never been the preferred method among the law enforcement officers.
Witnesses regularly swear in the name of God or a Book before knowingly making
a false statement in a court.
A highly seasoned liar would not believe in the powers of even a ferocious and
cruel looking idol and would nonchalantly declare that all that he said was a complete
and whole truth.
A vagrant of decency will even disrobe in front of people to prove that he is telling
|AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY
SWEARING BEFORE A DEITY IS NOT RELIABLE
By Mohan Shenoy
|Adyar Gopal and Radha Bai