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.”