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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

Kautilya describes the most rapid type of guard to be kept on women of a royal house hold. The twentieth chapter of the first book of the Artha Sastra opens with the directions for the construction of an Antahpura. 'On a site naturally best fitted for a dwelling place the king shall construct his harem consisting of many compartments, one within the other, enclosed by a parapet and a ditch, and provided with a door’. 15

The word Antahpura has been wrongly rendered as a harem. A careful reading of the chapter will prove that the word is here used to denote a citadel or palace situated in the heart (Antah) of the town (Pura). The special apartments for women formed only a part of this fortified palace and are denoted by the word Avarodha, which occurs at the end of the prose section of the chapter.

Directions are given showing where this has to be constructed in the palace. ‘On one side, in the rear there shall be made the residence of (Strinivesa) women’s compartments provided not only with all kinds of medicines useful in midwifery and diseases but also with well-known pot- herbs and a water-reservoir’.16

The word Strinivesa, found in this connection, is worthy of note and denotes ‘the female establishment,’ and we are distinctly told, in this passage, that this female establishment was to be constructed in the rear part of the palace. We are further told by Kautilya that the quarters of the princes and the princesses were to be constructed outside the female establishment bahih Kanya-Kumarapuram but apparently inside the Antahpura or palace.

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