Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the by Elizabeth Kolsky

By Elizabeth Kolsky

Colonial Justice in British India describes and examines the lesser-known background of white violence in colonial India. via foregrounding crimes devoted by way of a regularly forgotten forged of eu characters - planters, paupers, squaddies and sailors - Elizabeth Kolsky argues that violence was once no longer a very good yet a regular a part of British rule within the subcontinent. regardless of the pledge of equality, colonial laws and the practices of white judges, juries and police positioned so much Europeans above the legislation, actually permitting them to break out with homicide. The failure to manage those unruly whites published how the burden of race and the imperatives of command imbalanced the scales of colonial justice. In a strong account of this era, Kolsky finds a brand new viewpoint at the British Empire in India, highlighting the disquieting violence that at all times followed imperial different types of energy.

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The legal recognition of different rights within the realm of a supposedly universal law was justified by arguments that special circumstances required special legislation. l' Bentham in India Our discussion of codification begins with Jeremy Bentham. Although Bentham introduced the word "codification" into the English language, by the time he began to write about it in the early nineteenth century, code-making was already underway in continental Europe. Still, Bentham described his comprehensive code - the pannomion - as something new.

In fact, despite their prevalence, they were hardly noticed at all. European men inflicted violence on Indian, European, and mixed-race women of all backgrounds and ages in early colonial Bengal. 126The following year, another artilleryman, Andrew Masberg, brutally stabbed Hannah Myers, an Indian widow with a small child. Myers had inherited a small sum of money from her deceased husband, which she invested in jewels and omaments. When Hannah moved in with Masberg, he pawned several of her omaments and beat her whenever she suggested that they settle their accounts.

I am afraid of no one. I have twenty-five people to watch over you. How can you get away to inform against me? Hunter was constantly disgracing himself with the common women, and we quarrelled all day, every day. When he was at home he shut me in and only let me out at breakfast and at dinner time, locking the doors at all other times. He ultimately turned me and the girls out of his house and we proceeded to Patna. On the way, Kunoovey, who was on fire from her disease, took her clothes off and dangled her feet in a nearby well.

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