HC Deb 30 November 1931 vol 260 cc731-2
6. Captain CAZALET

asked the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has 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?


I have seen reports in the Press that the punishment of flogging was inflicted in a number of eases 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.


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


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