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Mizo customary law comes in book form

Written by: Staff
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Aizawl, July 4 (UNI) The Mizo customary laws have finally came into printing form after twenty-five years of hard work.

The committee on Mizo Customary laws, which has compiled the book, was formed on August 20 1980.

The committee members, who remained unchanged since its formation included former minister J Alalsangzuala, former MLA C Sangzuala and former Mizoram Journalist Association president Robert Lalchhuana.

According to law and Judicial minister H Rammawi, following the Mizo-India Peace Accord 1986, Mizo customary laws are protected under Article 371 of the Constitution of India which means that no Parliamentary law will apply against Mizo customary laws.

Meanwhile, the Mizo Hmeichee Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), the apex Mizo women's body expressed deep resentment over the 'male friendly' Mizo customary law.

''Our efforts to change the Mizo customary law to make it more favourable for women went in vain'', B Sangkhumi, president of MHIP lamented.

Women's group, spearheaded by the MHIP, has been fighting for years for 'equality' in the Mizo customary laws, particularly regarding inheritance and divorce.

The copies of the book would be formally distributed to all village council members and various NGOs in the state.

UNI SNR DH VP0430

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