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Women In The Sacred Laws
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Foreword Prologue
The Dharma Sutras Contemporary Evidence
The Manu - Samhita The Later Law-Books
Digest On Hindu Law Espirit Des Lois
Major Sections

CONTEMPORARY EVIDENCE

The first consisted of some form of subsistence of above 2,000 panas and Jewellery: over this a woman had absolute control. This is the only kind of property, which a king cannot claim, where there are no heirs to the state. Woman as a sister has a claim to inherit this kind of property.

The second is the compensation she may have obtained for allows in her husband to marry another woman. The third is the money, which her parents may have received from her husband. Hence when a divorce takes place, the husband has to pay compensation.

Kautilya’s rules for the remarriage of men 6 are more strict than those he prescribes for women. They have to wait a much longer period before they can marry again. A man can remarry only under the following circumstances :

‘If a woman either brings forth no live children or has no male issue or is barren, her husband shall wait for eight years before marrying another. If she bears only a stillborn child, he has to wait for ten years. If she brings forth only females he has to wait for twelve years. Then, if he is: desirous to have sons, he may marry another.’

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