HC Deb 08 May 1884 vol 287 cc1670-1

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the punishment of flogging for prison offences has been introduced into the Mauritius; whether this was done in opposition to the feelings of the people expressed in Memorials; whether the authorities charged with the duty have neglected to observe the precautions laid down by the Secretary of State; and, whether it is now discovered that Indians have died from the effects of the flogging with the "cat" inflicted by the officials?


The punishment of flogging for prison offences was introduced by Ordinance in 1851. I can find no trace of any Memorials or other representations against it. The Secretary of State is not prepared to say that there has been neglect of the precautions directed to be observed; but he has under consideration proposals for securing greater caution. It has certainly not been discovered that Indians have died from the effects of flogging. In a recent case, which has been very carefully considered, the conclusion arrived at by the Secretary of State is, that the medical evidence does not point to the conclusion that death was attributable to the corporal punishment inflicted. I may add, that if only a new prison is constructed, which has been frequently pressed on the authorities in Mauritius, the necessity for any frequent use of the lash will, I hope, be greatly obviated.