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The Kamar$
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S.C. Dube

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077312.001.0001

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Tribal Law and Its Breaches

Tribal Law and Its Breaches

(p.137) Chapter 5 Tribal Law and Its Breaches
The Kamar

S.C. Dube

Oxford University Press

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

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