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Judicial CP - November 1931

Hansard (House of Commons), London, 30 November 1931

Oral Answers col. 732

Flogging, Kashmir.

Press cutting6. Captain CAZALET asked the Secretary of State for India whether his attention had been called to the occurrence of public floggings in Kashmir; whether such practices are permitted by the Government of Kashmir; and what action the Government of India proposes to take in the matter?

Sir S. HOARE: I have seen reports in the Press that the punishment of flogging was inflicted in a number of cases under the authority, it is understood, of an Ordinance issued by His Highness the Maharaja of Kashmir on the 24th September. The measures taken to suppress the recent disturbances are included in the subjects of the impartial inquiry which His Highness has entrusted to Mr. Middleton, Indian Civil Service. His report will be made to the Kashmir Government.

Captain CAZALET: Has the Indian Government any right in action of this kind to interfere with a State or not?

Sir S. HOARE: I should like notice of that question, but my answer at first sight would be no.

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