Monday, April 6, 2009

Detecting the Guilty by lack of Chewing

From an old book, 'It is a common practice, in many parts of India, to oblige persons suspected of crimes to chew dry rice in the presence of officers of the law.

Curious as it may appear, such is the intense influence of fear on the salivary glands, that, if they are actually guilty, there is no secretion of saliva in the mouth, and chewing is impossible.

Such culprits generally confess without any further efforts. On the contrary, a consciousness of innocence allows of a proper flow of fluid for softening the rice.'

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