Corpun file 24683 at www.corpun.com
Daily Mail, London, 7 April 1961, p.8
He found a touch of the cane worked wonders
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If the 40 youths involved in misbehaviour on a rail excursion
trip (April 4) were sentenced to a caning of not more
than six strokes many of them, with some imagination and some
sense of guilt and dignity, would be unlikely to repeat the
This would leave a harder core to be dealt with, if they erred
again, by other methods.
I speak from experience. I retired in 1947 as the last British
Director of Intelligence for India. Previously I had been in turn
Commissioner of Police, Bombay City, Secretary to the Government
of Bombay in charge of matters relating to law and order, and
Inspector General of Police for the Province of Bombay.
Bombay City was plagued for years by communal riots, which later
took the form, far more difficult to suppress, of sporadic
stabbings by bad characters.
To meet this the Government applied, by specific notification,
the Whipping Act.
The whipping, done with a light rattan cane, could in no respects
be described as cruel. Yet the effect was almost magical. Bad
characters seized in suspicious circumstances were given this
treatment, and the trouble died out until the next outburst of
communal fury revived it.
(Sir) NORMAN SMITH. Eastbourne, Sussex.
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