A woman will, however, be deprived of her property, if she is treacherous,
or transgresses the law or wanders at will. She will forfeit her claim to the following
kinds of properties:
(1) Stridhana-some form of subsistence of above 2,000 panas - and jewellery;
(2) Ahita (dhana) --compensation she may have obtained for allowing her
husband to marry another woman ; and
(3) Sulka - money which her parents may have received from her husband.
Elopement, as we have seen before, is punishable. A passage occurs
which is evidently not the opinion of Kautilya, but that of his teacher, which he admits,
and which exempts women from such a punishment under certain conditions.
My teacher says: "With a view to avoid danger, it is no
offence for women to go to any male person who is a kinsman of her husband, or is a rich
and prosperous gentleman or is the headman of the village, or is one of her guardians or
who belongs to the family of a mendicant woman or to anyone of her own kinsmen" '
(III iii. 157).