HC Deb 09 October 1924 vol 177 c738W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the accusation made by an Akali vernacular paper to the effect that boys in one of the Shahidi jathas were suspended from trees by their hair and then brutally beaten by the Nabha authorities; considering that Nabha is a native State under treaty with the British Government, will he take the necessary legal steps to protect the officials of the Nabha State from similar calumnies; and, if the existing law in India is not adequate to deal with the present irresponsibility displayed by Indian journalists, will he take steps to strengthen that law?


I have seen a translation or summary of the article referred to. The editor of the paper is being prosecuted on a charge based on the issue containing that article, and I presume the charge relates to the article. My Noble Friend has received from the Government of India no indication of an opinion that the existing law in India in regard to press responsibility is inadequate.