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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

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).

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