Gender and Land Rights Database


Inheritance/succession de facto practices

Personal Laws on matters of inheritance follow the traditional religious norms that have been incorporated into the statutory legal framework at the time of independence. However, some ethnic minority groups may still follow customary inheritance rules.

For instance, in the Garo matriarchal community, the mother is the owner of all the property of a household. After her death, the youngest daughter or any daughter nominated by the mother becomes the heiress and is called Nakma. The heiress and her husband are expected to take care of the aging parents (4).

Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography