October 12 1871 CE – The First Criminal Tribes Act Takes Effect in India

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October 12 1871 CE – The First Criminal Tribes Act Takes Effect in India4 (80%) 1 vote The British colonial government in India, hoping to curb the perceived increase in crime associated with nomadic tribes in northern India, passed Act XXVII — later known as the first Criminal Tribes Act in a series. On October 12, 1871, the Governor-General of India officially instituted the policy, requiring men of the suspect groups to report to police a minimum of once per week. Opposition to British rule had taken on many forms, but through the 1850s a particular cult, the Thuggee, gained a reputation for mingling with traveling nomads and killing them […]