THE most unsatisfactory feature in the condition of modern Egypt is the administration of criminal justice. The opponents of the British Occupation point exultingly to the fact that in a prosperous and improving country, with a population, on the whole, docile, submissive, and peaceable, life and property are less secure than they used to be in some provinces of European Turkey. This insecurity is most noticeable in the Delta, which ought to be, one would think, a region very easily policed, for it is made up of flat fields and little open villages, with no mountains, swamps, or forests in which evil-doers can take refuge; and, though there are a certain number of predatory Bedouins about, the great majority of the villagers are quiet, hardworking peasants. Yet in the Behera province, and other parts of the Delta, crimes of violence are far too numerous. Arson, robbery, and murder decrease very little, and assaults upon women, homicidal attacks, house-breaking, forgery, cattlepoisoning, and other offences tend to increase; and some old residents have assured me that in this respect the state of the country is no better than it was under Ismail and Said.
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Publication information: Book title: Egypt in Transition. Contributors: Sir Sidney Low - Author. Publisher: The Macmillan Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1914. Page number: 242.