The Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu has a substantial tribal population. Tribal communities in the region include the Todas, Kotas, Irulas, Paniyas, Kattunayakas, and Kurumbas, each with distinct practices, cultures, and ceremonies. Tribal people practise customs that “civilised” society finds difficult to accept. Child marriage, for instance, is common in some of these communities. There are ceremonies attached to each practice, sanctified by religion. Due to the conflict between some of these traditional practices and the law of the land, tribal people often unwittingly end up in jail. (Read More)
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