Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We are also in favour of the modification of the law relating to imprisonment for debt. As the law stands at present, male debtors are liable to be arrested and imprisoned for six months in execution of a decree for the payment of more than Rs. 50 and for six weeks in the case of a smaller sum. We understand that the courts are usually reluctant to order imprisonment, and the fact that the creditor has to support the debtor in prison makes the former most unwilling to secure the detention of any one who has no money. But the threat of imprisonment is a useful weapon in the hands of the money-lender. In any case, we do not think that it is possible to justify the imprisonment of debtors of the type we are considering. We recommend that, at least so far as industrial workers in receipt of wages or salary amounting to less than Rs. 100 a month are concerned, arrest and imprisonment for debt be abolished except where the debtor has been proved to be both able and unwilling to pay.