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Customary Law and Women in North East India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Center for Indigenous Culture Studies, Central University of Jharkhand, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (9), Pages 59-62, September,14 (2014)


The function of customary laws is to help maintain peace and order irrespective of caste, creed, sex etc., in a society with each member but regardless of its function gender biasness is seen. The paper talks about the gender biasness that happens within the customary laws taking the example of Northeast tribal women in particular. At times it becomes difficult for women to exist in the same society as their male. The patriarchal set norms and the society inferring of women being inferior and subordinate to men, all socially and culturally discriminate women and thus structure their social world. In order to study the customary laws of the people their age-old customs and traditions have to be taken into considerations including women and menís stereotype roles in the functioning of the customary laws. The roles that women play in the various socio-economic spheres and their contribution in the nation building are also to be taken into consideration.


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