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Keep Nagaland outside the purview of Uniform Civil Code, says Ao Senden

By EMN Updated: Jun 28, 2023 10:33 pm

DIMAPUR— The Ao Senden said Nagaland should be kept outside the purview of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), pointing out that application in the state will directly confront and undermine the Naga customary law and practices which are protected under Article 371 A of the Indian Constitution considering the unique history.

In a letter addressed to the member secretary, Law Commission of India, the Ao apex body reminded that Nagaland was established through a political agreement, wherein it was guaranteed through the Article 371 A that no Act of Parliament in respect of religious or social practices of the Nagas, Naga customary law and procedure etc., shall apply to the state without the consent of the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland through a resolution.

It stated that tribes in Nagaland have well established customary laws and practices with regard to marriage, divorce, separation, child custody, inheritance etc.; and customary oaths, rituals and advises for newly wedded couples in recognition of marriage.

“Divorces, separations are minimum in Naga societies in view of customary sanctions/ censures. Upon deaths and divorces, inheritance, division of properties are effectively administered strictly in accordance with the Naga customary laws and practices till date,” it stated.

Citing these reasons, the Ao Senden said the controversial law should not be implemented in the state.

By EMN Updated: Jun 28, 2023 10:33:42 pm
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