4 JANUARY

INDIAN MAN STRIPPED, FLOGGED, STUFFED WITH PORK AND THEN HUNG

Felice Beato – Two rebels hung at Lucknow in 1857
Albumen silver print – Wikimedia.

[ 4 January 1858 ]

On 4 January 1858, Major Harcourt Anson of the Ninth Lancers wrote home to his wife describing how Nazir Khan, a relative of an Indian rebel leader, had suffered in the hours before his execution. ‘He was,’ recalled the Major, ‘forever being surrounded with soldiers who were stuffing him with pork and covering him with insults. He was well flogged and his person exposed which he fought against manfully, and then hung, but as usual the rope was too weak and down he fell and broke his nose (but) before he recovered his senses he was strung up again and made an end of.’1

FOOTNOTE

  1. Major Harcourt Anson quoted in Saul David,  The Indian Mutiny 1857, Penguin Books, 2003.

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