Pillory Law and Legal Definition

Pillory is a form of cruel or barbaric corporal punishment which was in practice till early 19th century. This type of punishment was also called poetic punishment though it was more often used in fiction than in poetry. The offender was brought in public place for the execution of the sentence. S/he could be publicly stoned if offence was of a serious nature. Pillory is still used as a mode of punishment for sex-offenders in Islamic countries which take offences against women very seriously.