Their creed does not admit of such things. How then, can it be supposed that the present revolt originated from hatred on the part of the Mussulmans against those who had wrenched the kingdom from them?
Along with the previously mentioned illustration in Ballou's Pictorial, numerous American newspapers published accounts of the violence in India. However, all these disturbances were localized. Outraged by events such as the massacre of women and children at Cawnpore, some British officers believed that hanging mutineers was too humane.
By the first half of the 19th century, the East India Company had brought major portions of India under its control. They looked upon it as another proof that Government wished to meddle with all creeds alike.
A local leader, Nana Sahib, ordered their death. The peasants destroyed revenue records and money-lenders' books, and overthrown the new zamindars, became passive not knowing what to do next.