§ MR. FELL (Great Yarmouth)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India if the body of the murderer Kanai, who was hanged in Alipur gaol on the 10th instant, was allowed to be carried in a procession to the funeral pyre where it was burned with honour, and a funeral oration delivered amidst shouts of victory to Kanai; and, if so, if the Government will arrange that the bodies of those executed should be buried or burned within the precincts of the gaol as in England.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. BUCHANAN,) Perthshire, E.
The body of Kanai Lal Dutt was made over to the relatives in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the Bengal gaol code, but it was stipulated that the body must be cremated at the nearest burning ghat with no 867 public demonstration. This stipulation was not observed, but the accounts of what occurred appear to be much exaggerated, and there was no funeral oration delivered. The gaol code has been amended, and in future, bodies of executed criminals will not be delivered to their relatives if there is reason to apprehend demonstrations at the funeral.
§ MR. BUCHANAN
There are different gaol codes for the different provinces of India, but this emendation will apply to them all.