The report that a male jogger was buggered recently in Queen Hill, St Andrew has led to some Jamaicans calling for all rapists to be hanged.
Many Jamaicans have been shocked by the incident and have expressed sympathy for the victim of that heinous crime and are hoping that the perpetrators will be caught.
Some vendors downtown Kingston were extremely upset about the situation, and in expressing their disgust, called for such criminals to be hanged in public.
"These things are really getting out of hand," one female vendor said as she started a conversation among the group of vendors. "Imagine this man left his house to go and jog and these wicked, no-good criminals held him up with gun and raped the man. I can just imagine how shocked and frightened the poor man must have been. I really feel sorry for him," she said.
In response, one of the vendors pointed out that the ordeal will haunt the victim for the rest of his life. She was quick to point out that no one in Jamaica is safe.
"The children are not safe, old people are not safe, women are not safe and men are not safe either from being raped or murdered," she said.
A man who was among the group said the reality just hit him that one day, he could be attacked by some homosexual men.
"Boy, oh boy, I don't think I could get over it. You know, to me, this is worse than murder because then I would be dead and would not have to live with the thought that a man raped me," he said.
The woman agreed with him that buggery was indeed a horrible crime, but said they were not sure it was worse than murder because the man's life was spared.
"All I am saying is that men who rape men must be hanged because I don't know how I would survive if a man raped my son or my husband," the woman remarked.
"Hang them, yes, they deserve to die for raping men and women. Yes all rapists should be hanged when caught," another women echoed.
Although the vendors felt that men convicted of rape and buggery should be hanged, there is no provision in law for hanging to be the punishment for such offences. The death sentence can only be passed for certain categories of murder.
However, it must not be forgotten that although the judges have been passing death sentences, the last hanging took place in Jamaica in February, 1988. There have been debates and calls for the abolition of the death penalty, but so far, it has not been abolished.