Equitable Distribution of Parental Property in a matrilineal Society; KHADC Meghalaya

In Meghalaya, a district autonomous council is aiming to change a Khasi tribe inheritance custom in which the family’s youngest daughter receives the entire inheritance.

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), an autonomous body established under the Constitution’s Sixth Schedule, plans to introduce the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Khasi Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021, on November 8 in the Council’s autumn session for “equitable distribution” of parental property among siblings – both male and female.

The Khasis are a matrilineal civilization that passes down its ancestors through the mother’s clan.

While the “primary purpose” is “equitable distribution” of ancestral property, another clause will allow parents to choose who they want to inherit their property. “Another rule will prevent a sibling from inheriting parental property if they marry a non-Khasi and embrace the spouse’s customs,” said Titosstarwell Chyne, chief of the KHADC.

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