The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: murders and head-taking; fear that illegitimate offspring of near relatives would bring misfortune; punishment; civil suits
medium: reports
date: 1884
date: 1885
text: Two murders were committed by Nagas. Three Lhotas of Chaki murdered a young girl of the Sema village of Chelejuma for the sake of her head; two of them were apprehended, tried and executed, being the first criminals who had ever suffered capital punishment in Kohima; the third was caught afterwards and died while in custody, it is believed from fright. The other case was one of the murder of the illegitimate offspring of two first cousins, under the superstitious belief that a misfortune would befall the whole village if the offspring of such near relations were permitted to live. The murderer, who was the father of the child, was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.
text: The total value of the civil suits instituted was Rs.5,085, as against Rs.4,230 last year, and the plaintiffs were mostly traders in Kohima.