HC Deb 12 March 1883 vol 277 c192

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, If it is true, as stated in the "Hindoo Patriot," that Mr. Justice Norris has issued orders that "no Native shall be admitted to his Court with Native shoes on;" whether any authority exists for forcing Natives to appear barefoot in British Courts of Justice; and, if he will take any steps in the matter?


Taking off the Indian shoe upon entering a Court or private room is among Natives much the same thing as taking off the hat is among Englishmen, and British Courts of Justice in India can insist upon being treated with customary courtesy and respect. If Mr. Justice Norris has issued any orders on this subject, they would not be reported home.