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Dobashis trained on Constitution & customary laws

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/22/2019 12:52:03 PM IST

A one-day training program for Dobashis (DBs) of Nagaland on the Constitution and customary and local laws and their roles, was organized by Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) in collaboration with the office of the commissioner Nagaland, at DPDB Conference Hall Kohima on Friday.

Commissioner Nagaland, M. Patton, in his address said that in British times, Dobashis were interpreters and they became magistrates for customary law. They later became government servants. Patton said Dobashis should know both customary and modern laws and also know their responsibilities. Patton said the training program will expose Dobashis to ideas and knowledge that will help them. He asked the participants to teach these customary laws to the younger generations and also suggested for the organizing of such training programs at the tribal levels also.

Delhi High Court Judge, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, in his address, expressed the view that interactions and exchanges of knowledge should be done more often among those who will act as judges in the community. He advised the participants to learn facts of a case and give judgment accordingly without bias. Sachdeva said that Dobashis should perform their duty with honesty and integrity when deciding any case and reminded them that they should not misuse their position and responsibility. 

Judge Gauhati high court, executive chairman NSLSA, Justice N Kotiswar Singh, in his address, stressed on the necessity of justice and impartiality in deciding any case to win the hearts of villagers. He said a good judge needs to exchange ideas and knowledge with others and also learn the Indian Constitution, besides learning customary laws as a priority.

Speakers of the second session were, Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench senior advocate, CT Jamir; “sr. Advocate, sr. addl. advocate general” Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench, Kakheto Sema; NSLSA project coordinator, Limasenla Longkumar; and Justice N Kotiswar Singh.

The program was attended by more than 50 Dobashis from various districts of the state, and by NSLSA members.

NDA appeals to government

Meanwhile, the Nagaland Dobashi Association (NDA) has appealed to the State government to review the Service Rule of Dobashi 1970, so that Dobashis can have their own jurisdiction, power and function to carry out customary duties in consonance with Article 371A of the Indian Constitution.
NDA general secretary R Kemerior Yanthan, in a press note stated that this was among two resolutions adopted at the first meeting of NDA office bearers, executives and PA to DCs from all Districts on March 21, at its Conference Hall in Kohima.
The meeting also resolved that they will tour all districts of Nagaland in the month of May 2019, to understand and learn customary practices, culture and traditions of the different tribes of Nagaland.

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