The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Account of the valley of Munnipore and of the Hill Tribes' by Major W. McCulloch

caption: adultery
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: Koupooee
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: The adulterer, if he did not fly the village, would be killed; aware of the penalty attached to his offence he dare not stay, and is glad to leave his house and property to be destroyed by the injured husband. The family of the adultress is obliged to refund the price in the first instance paid to them by her husband, and also to pay her debts. Why these expenses are not made to fall upon the adulterer, they cannot explain. But these are not the only expenses the parties have to bear. During the continuance of the discussions, the village council must be supplied with drink and something to eat; these the offending parties furnish, and consider themselves lucky, if they get off without being entirely cleared out.