George Maxwell and India Office

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 AMS/C/06/02
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 D3 JB 72
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      2 folders

Scope and Content

Correspondence file maintained by the Secretary of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene regarding the administration of the work in India. Excludes correspondence with Meliscent Shephard (for which see GB 106 AMS/C/05). Correspondence mainly dates from the period 1932-1934 and includes, but is not limited to, correspondence with Sir George Maxwell and the India Office regarding devadasi (temple prostitution)

Topics include:

- report on brothel visitation in Madras, 1934; Lady Willingdon; Eleanor Rathbone MP; venereal disease in the army; prophylaxis; legislation to prevent the dedication of girls as devadasis in Madras and Bombay; protection of minor girls

Correspondents include:

Rev W Paton; the members of the Advisory Committee of the Indian branch; Dr Helen Wilson; Mrs Grace Human; Metropolitan of India; Sir Harry Haig and members of the Home Department, India; representatives of the India Office; Sir George Maxwell


- pamphlet 'Mother India's Daughters. The significance of the women's movement', London: Women's International League, [1934] (consult The Women's Library printed collections catalogue for copy ref 954.035 MOT)

- pamphlet 'An act to protect devadasis and to prevent the dedication of women to Hindu deities [...] in the Bombay presidency'. Government of Bombay Legal Department, 1934

- pamphlet 'Bill No. XXVII of 1933' in 'The Bombay Govt Gaz' 19 Sep 1933

- pamphlet 'Madras Act No V of 1929' passed by the Legislative Council of Madras, 1929

- pamphlet 'The Naik Girls' Protection Act', passed by the Local Legislature of the United Provinces, 1929

- pamphlet 'The United Provinces Minor Girls' Protection Act 1929', passed by the Local Legislature of the United Provinces, 1929

- 'The Servant of India' vol 17, no 33, 23 Aug 1934

- pamphlet 'Aspects of Moral and Social Hygiene in India' by Meliscent Shephard, Lucknow Publishing House, 1934

Press cuttings:

- 'The Devadasi Law' from 'The Servant of India' dated 23 Aug 1934

- 'Plans for House of Shelter. Committee formed in Lahore' publication unidentified