§ DR. CAMERON (Glasgow, College)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the following statement telegraphed from Rangoon by the Times correspondent on the 12th inst.:—In accordance with the promise made in Parliament peremptory instructions were issued two years ago by the Government of India forbidding the continuance of the barbarous practice of decapitating Dacoits and carrying the head through the country. This order has 66 been openly disregarded. Two heads, each alleged to be the head of Bohkyawah, have been brought into Ayah within a fortnight. The Local Government have taken no steps to enforce these orders, or punish their subordinates for disobeying them;and whether he will inquire into the truth of this statement, and, if it be found true, will take such steps as may be necessary to prevent British Administration in Burmah being further disgraced by the practices described?
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Sir J. GORST,) Chatham
If the statement of the Times correspondent is true, the distinct orders of the Chief Commissioner contained in a Circular of the 5th of March, 1887, have been violated. The Secretary of State will inquire into the truth of the statement