Aiming to arrest the rising demand from various quarters, British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed deep regret for April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre
Calling it a ‘shameful scar’ on British Indian history, Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated the UK government’s long-standing expression of ‘deep regret’ over the April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. In a brief statement during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons, May said: ‘The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh in 1919 is a shameful scar on British Indian history. As her majesty the Queen said before visiting Jallianwala Bagh in 1997, it is a distressing example of our past history with India. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. I am pleased that today the UK-India relationship is one of collaboration, partnership, prosperity and security’.
May went on to extol what she called the ‘enormous contribution’ of the Indian diaspora, but did not dwell on the issue further during the session, when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for the apology a hundred years after the incident.
Corbyn said: ‘I am very pleased that the prime minister mentioned what happened in Jallianwala Bagh and the issues of the massacre at Amritsar a hundred years ago. I think the people in memory of those that lost their lives and the brutality of what happened deserve a full, clear and unequivocal apology for what took place on that occasion’.