A Note on the Offence, Sentence and Trial in the Medieval Tamil Epigraphy

Keywords: Tamilnadu history, Tamil inscription, Crime, Punishment, Justice, Civil case, Village institution, Sathurvedamangalam


Judicial administration was strictly rendered by the organizations at village, town and state level headed by respective authorities and temple authorities in the medieval Tamil polity. At the same time tax evations, misappropriation of public properties, temple properties, accidental and planned murders, assassinations, attempt to suicide, bribing were quite common in those days. There are references for the nature and types of offences, sentences, trials and judicial procedures in the epigraphs. This article reflects such things prevalent in the tamil country during the medieval period.