In India, rights groups urge strengthening of customary law to protect indigenous land

By Rina Chandran, 4 February
International Rivers Day at Tumukhong village (photo credit: Water Alternatives/flickr)
International Rivers Day at Tumukhong village (photo credit: Water Alternatives/flickr)
Customary laws in the northeastern states of India are failing to protect indigenous lands and must be reformed to safeguard the property of women and poorer tribal people, land rights analysts said on Tuesday. Customs related to indigenous tradition, including those on land use, are protected by the Indian constitution in four of the seven northeastern states, where land is owned and managed by tribal communities and clans without formal titles.
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