The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: divorce
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
location: Laisong (Laison) Kepelo
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Laison-Kepelo divorce case.
text: Girl (K) married boy (L). No child after 3 years. Girl ran away home. Boy expressed his willingness to have her back, but girl refused, so was held to be at fault. Boy got a mithan and a necklace back out of the marriage-price. Couple were living in back room of parent's house, and girl refused her husband his conjugal rights. Thinking this might be from delicacy, his parents sent the young couple to sleep in the field-house; however, she refused him there also. Taxed, she said she did sometimes admit him, but boy said she would have nothing to do with him.