Torture is still practised in British post-colonial states, including torture compelling victims to confess to crimes. While Anglo-Indian law formally prohibits this form of torture, informally it institutionalises it. The policeman who follows certain rules when torturing accused people to induce a confession can effectively avoid judicial inquiry before the trial even begins. A judge is permitted to presume that a confession taken in line with procedure is genuine, so further inquiry is not required. Far from being scandalous, torture becomes a form of best practice. It helps to maintain a well-ordered society; or rather, one consistent with elite conceptions of order.