Police with sticks locally known as ‘lathi’ beat a protester during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Mangalore. Photo: AFPPolice with sticks locally known as ‘lathi’ beat a protester during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Mangalore. Photo: AFP
Police with sticks locally known as ‘lathi’ beat a protester during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Mangalore. Photo: AFP

The big ‘lathi’ sticks Indian police use to beat protesters are a legacy of British colonial rule

  • The British left India in 1947, but the lathi stayed in use to help police ‘regulate crowds’
  • The bamboo batons have been used with brutal effect in the ongoing protests

Topic |   India
Police with sticks locally known as ‘lathi’ beat a protester during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Mangalore. Photo: AFPPolice with sticks locally known as ‘lathi’ beat a protester during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Mangalore. Photo: AFP
Police with sticks locally known as ‘lathi’ beat a protester during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Mangalore. Photo: AFP
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