Law troubles due to tribal custom

The custom of “Moutana”, the practice of demanding cash compensation from government on untimely death of a tribal villager, has emerged as a serious law and order problem in tribal dominated South Rajasthan.
The authorities have had to intervene in 43 such cases to broker peace between the tribal elders and victims of “Moutana” in Udaipur district in the last three years. The administration sought help from the social scientists, tribal chiefs and people to curb the menace. The officials said the custom further created more problems when the accused failed to pay money on death and the crowd invades the accused with weapons, what is termed as “Chadhotara”. The divisional commissioner of Udaipur Subodh Agarwal said, “an insurance scheme could be an option to resolve the issue”. Social scientists, police officials and village elders gathered in Udaipur for two days to evolve some method to eradicate the growing menace. According to the administration, there were 28 incidents reported in Udaipur when two sides pitted against each other on issue of “Moutana”.

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Youth changed for the better, says Kalam
AGE CORRESPONDENT
NEW DELHI, DEC. 18

Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Tuesday said that the country’s youth have changed over the last decade in their attitude towards the challenges faced by the nation. India’s missile man said that he had interacted with 15 million youth in the country and asserted that the change was indeed a positive change.
Delivering the sixth Penguin Annual Lecture on the topic “Beyond 2020: Sustained Development Missions for the Nation”, Mr Kalam addressed an audience mostly consisted of students and young professionals. Introducing new techniques and methods to attain sustainable development, Mr Kalam asserted on the fact that India’s future lied in the 700 million people who live in 600,000 villages.
From the question “what can I do for India,” the youth over the time evolved to say that “I can do this for India”, Mr Kalam said, adding that “I can do” later changed to the phrase “We can do” and then to “India can do”.
He said that the youth’s change in attitude had given him confidence to achieve “India 2020 vision.”
Mr Kalam asserted that the country needed sustainability of value system along with a sustainable development model.

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