The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - memoir of time in the Naga Hills as a Deputy Commissioner, 1919-1920

caption: administration in the Naga Hills
medium: articles
person: Cantlie/ Keith
date: 1919-1920
form: private collection
refnum: loaned by Dr Audrey Cantlie
text: The spirit though not the strict letter of the Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code had been introduced by Government order as the Naga Hills came under the Scheduled Districts Act which debarred the many Acts in force in plains districts. The many other matters on which control was needed were dealt with under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. This lays down that persons must obey an order promulgated by a public servant so empowered. If the disobedience causes obstruction, annoyance or injury or risk of such the penalty is one month simple imprisonment or a fine which may extend to two hundred rupees. If there be a tendency to damage to human life, health or safety the imprisonment may extend to six months and the fine up to 1000 rupees. This section could ensure obedience to decisions of the village authorities if the Deputy Commissioner or Subdivisional Officer decided to use it against a recalcitrant person. It could be used for many regulations of human life.