Singapore and caning

ray scupin (scupin@LC.LINDENWOOD.EDU)
Sat, 14 May 1994 08:29:35 -0500

someone mentioned that caning was introduced by the British in Singapore.
The British may have introduced it as a part of their colonial policy,
however, caning itself was a traditional punishment within the Chinese
legal system.

The earliest fully preserved law code in China is the
seventh-century 'Tang Code with Commentaries' (Tanglu Shuyi). The legal
codes of the Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties are based on it; and it was
also adopted in Korea and Japan. In the criminal law each offense had one
and only one punishment that was prescribed. The punishments varied from
the lightest (ten blows with a cane) to execution by strangulation
or decapitation. An even more extreme punishment, the death by slow
slicing was preserved into the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Please contact me if you need references on this.

Ray Scupin
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