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Tribal Customs Law And Justice

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Arunachal Pradesh, the erstwhile North-East Frontier Agency, got the status of a full-fledged state on August 15, 1975. The system of law in the state possesses many significant and interesting features deserving attention and scrutiny not only from an anthropological point of view but also from a legal perspective. There are some twenty major tribes in the State with each having diverse customs and cultures. In this book an endeavour has been made to study the administrative and legal development in the State of Arunachal Pradesh with special reference to the Adi Tribe. The Adis are sensitive by nature and proud of their heritage. They have a rich culture and an age-old set of customary laws. An objective approach towards their lifestyle, custom, culture, religion and belief throws new light on their inner world. This book, Tribal Custom, Law and Justice : A Teleological Study of Adis, embodies as a special characteristic an analytical analysis of the legal aspects of the lesser known Adi Tribe of the State of Arunachal Pradesh.


Dr. Manjushree Pathak (b. 1951) is an Advocate Practising in the Gauhati High Court. She completed her college education from Cotton College, Guwahati and did her L.L.M. and Doctorate in Law from Gauhati University. She is the first woman from Gauhati University to get an L.L.M. degree and is the first in the entire North-East region to get a Doctorate degree in Law. She taught for a short period in the Department of Law, Gauhati University and also worked as the Principal of Dispur Law College, Gauhati. She developed a keen interest in creative writing from her college days. She had been honoured with the ‘Monika Barua Memorial Trust Award’ for best legal Writing on women in the year 1998 and she has also been the recipient of the award for th best article writing organised by the Assam Lekhika Sangha. She was a column writer on ‘Woman and Legal Awareness; in Pubali, an Assamese magazine. Besides, her legal and literary publications have appeared in various newspapers and magazines from time to time. She is also involved with different social activities striving for the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society.

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