Puttur: Unique internal family court of Koraga community

Daijiworld Media Network – Puttur (MS)

Puttur, Mar 18: Trivial issues of the Koraga tribal community do not go to court at all. They are resolved within their own community. Most of the family conflicts are discussed in their associations and a verdict is passed. This unique system is called ‘Namma Nyayakoota’. This is like a family court for the Koraga tribe. This system is prevalent wherever the Koraga community lives.

Differences between spouses, friction between siblings over property are referred to as Namma Nyayakoota. This court functions free of cost. No need to pay any fee. The inquiry of petitions is done slowly. In addition, there is also a system where women representatives speak to women in person, if the issue is an embarrassing one to be spoken about in front of the male folk.

Already five to six years have gone by after these courts established by themselves in Kasargod, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. More than 100 family and other disputes are resolved amicable by this court. There is not a single instance where a matter that is referred to Namma Nyayakoota has gone further to court. This is the opinion of their leader Mattadi Kayarpalke.

A similar court hearing was held recently at the Darbe Koraga community hall in the Namma Nyayakoota Adalat. Mattadi Kayarpalke, leader of the tribal community, sat in the position of judge and pronounced the verdicts. Discussions were held with coordination of Federation of Koraga development associations and Koraga development association Puttur.

Activists of the association Kamala Koraga Puttur and president Suresh Koraga Puttur organized the Nyayakoota.

Mattadi Kayarpalke, leader of the Koraga community says, “Issues of the Koraga community do not go to the level of approaching legal court. Most of the issues are related to family matters, alcoholism and differences between siblings. We amicably resolve such issues in our family court. Because of this court, changes in the lifestyle of Koragas have occurred. Brotherhood in the community has increased and love and faith among one another in the community has increased.”




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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    it is a pity that even the sc community treats koragas as outcast in hindu society....till manuvada is eradicated the hindu community will not improve and the country of course. it is better to vhp and bds to concentrate on these things rather than falling behind muslims and christians

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    Only a few internal family disputes can be resolved amicably especially when there is no strife among members, but serious ones that involve property or money (which Koragas generally do not have) can be resolved that way. It is, however, a lesson for closely knit communities to try and resolve through family instituted peacemakers or arbitrators who are trustworthy and trusted by both sides to a dispute, but paying for their services tempt corrution. If that happens, such mechanisms collapse by their own weight.

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  • Gerald O F Fernandes, Mangalore/UK

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    Well appreciated the initiatives taken by the Koraga community! Though they are targeted as a schedule caste with untouchability by the upper caste now they have become the role model for other communities by forming the" Namma nyaya koota" in delivering the justice in short time. All the best for the Koraga community!

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  • karen dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 18 2023

    It's interesting because prior to independence, the Koraga families that lived on our land, would come to either the Daivas or since we're konkanni, to our head of the family, for a final verdict. And no one dared cross the line, which meant, no divorce, no ill treatment of wife and children. We had over 400 acres of land and there were about 23 Koraga families. Those were the days! I have heard all this second-hand from extended family and relatives. Also, once a year, there would be a huge feast for all the people, where the food would be cooked on open fire, with home-brewed moonshine, and the annual harvest would be distributed to ensure no family on the homestead went hungry. These blessings have carried over for us, from generation to generation.

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  • Praveen Kotian, Ambagilu/Udupi

    Sat, Mar 18 2023

    Definitely the innocent will get justice as quickly as possible. When all our courts including state high courts and even the supreme court can deliver verdicts based on govt. instructions, this kind of courts are more reliable. From 2014 we are seeing only GUJJU based verdicts.

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