ITANAGAR, Dec 31: A district level seminar on codification of customary laws, organized by Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) was held at Indira Gandhi Govt College, Tezu on Dec 30. The brain-storming session come out with some constructive and fitting suggestions to codify the various customary laws in Arunachal Pradesh by the participants including GBs, PIs, CALSOM members, women representatives, students leaders, govt officials, advocates, principal and faculty members of IGGC and the elderly persons.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC Anjaw said: “Codification of customary law is not an easy task as it requires gigantic task”. He emphasized that village elders and gaon buras should be involved in the task as they are the custodian of the customary laws, custom and traditions of the society. He exhorted the organizers that such seminars should be conducted in the village level as such laws are mainly applicable in village level. Appreciating the ALSU move on codification of customary laws, the DC said it would help in preserving the rich culture of Arunachal in written form.
The guest of honour, Chief Judge, District & Sessions Court of Eastern Division B Bohum said emphasized on the Assam Regulation of Justice Act wherein the institute of village council comprising the gaon buras has been entrusted/ empowered to resolve local dispute of civil natures. Customary law especially in case of marriage is not easy as Arunachal Pradesh has many ethnic groups/tribes having their own customs and tradition governing the system.
He suggested that ALSU should coordinate with the Law department even with the High Court which has been striving in that direction for codification of customary laws of various tribes of Arunachal.
The ADC, Tezu said that uniformity of codification of customary laws is required for fair administration of justice as well as effective decision making, while the EAC said codification of customary laws is required in order to make necessary changes in 1945 Regulation Act, which is getting outdated. In the process of codification, the women should get due place. Law is made for the convenience of the society.
ALSU president Tadar Tarish, who presided over the seminar, highlighted the phase-wise seminars conducted by ALSU and also announced that the union will organize such awareness camp cum seminar on codification of customary laws in Anjaw, Changlang, Tirap, Upper Siang, Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare districts from April next. Earlier, the seminar had commenced with the welcome address by Sahelo Ngadang, president AMSU.



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