During the discussions which took place on the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure in 1872 some observations were made on the reasons which occasionally lead native police officers to apply torture to prisoners. An experienced civil officer observed, “There is a great deal of laziness in it. It is far pleasanter to sit comfortably in the shade rubbing red pepper into a poor devil’s eyes than to go about in the sun hunting up evidence.” This was a new view to me, but I have no doubt of its truth.Sir James Fitzjames Stephen
A History of the Criminal Law of England (1883), vol. 1, pp. 442 note.
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