Amongst the Mikirs, no marriage is allowed within the same clan. The Miri
marriage system is generally like that of other Hindus including the joron
ceremony and marriage by elopement.
A man having illicit love with an
unmarried girl will be punished by the Gaon-burha (village headman); if
the man is already married, the punishment will be heavier. A man cannot
discard his wife without justifiable reasons. Mikir social life in general
is largely free. The proposal for marriage is first discussed between
the girl and her elder brother's wife. Then follows the formal proposal
with Sodhani bhar, as among the Ahoms. After that the question whether
the boy will stay with his father-in-law as ghar-jowain is decided and
a date for the wedding is fixed.