Colonial Policing and Torture

1:30pm - 3:00pm / Wednesday 1st May 2019 / Venue: Walbank Lecture Theatre Abercromby SQ (south)
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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Colonial Policing and Torture with Dr Deana Heath

While accusations of torture against the British colonial regime in India from the early nineteenth century onward were commonplace, and led to the setting up of a commission to investigate the use of torture in revenue collection and policing in the mid-nineteenth century, the British colonial regime - and with it the British parliament - consistently denied culpability for such abuses. This talk will explore the role of the British state, particularly Parliament, in not only the perpetuation but the systematisation of torture as a technology of rule in colonial India.