Tribal Law and Its Breaches

S.C. Dube

in The Kamar

Third edition

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077312
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081158 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

Tribal Law and Its Breaches

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This chapter focuses on the laws being upheld by the Kamar society and its possible breaches. It observes that the present tribal administrative system of the Kamars is similar to the British sponsored judicial system. It reveals that tribal jurisprudence is founded on primitive ethics; occasional stealing, for example, is not considered wrong. Some of the breaches of the law include incest, and the breaches of taboos connected to menstruation. It then describes the Panchayat, where only the more serious breaches of tribal law and custom are taken up. The rest of the chapter provides a detailed discussion of the other serious breaches of the law (adultery, witchcraft, etc.). It also presents two cases of the use of love magic, and notes the tribe's attitude towards these kinds of cases.

Keywords: tribal law; breaches; tribal administrative system; tribal jurisprudence; primitive ethics; taboo; Panchayat

Chapter.  7237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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