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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, though hating her husband, cannot dissolve her marriage against his will. Nor can a man dissolve his marriage with his wife against her will. But from mutual enmity divorce may be obtained. If a man, apprehending danger from his wife, desires divorce, he shall return to her whatever was given by her.

If a woman, under the apprehension of danger from her husband, desires divorce, she shall forfeit her claim to his property; marriages contracted in accordance with the customs of the first four kinds of marriages cannot be, dissolved.’ These conditions of obtaining a divorce are much more humane than those adverted to at the present times. (III. iii. 155)

A woman, if abandoned by her husband, had a claim to maintenance; the form of maintenance varied according, to the means of the husband. A Woman who has a right to claim maintenance for an unlimited period of time be given as much food and clothing as is necessary for her, or more than is necessary in proportion to the income of the maintainer.

If the period is limited, then a certain amount of money, fixed in proportion to the income of the maintainer, shall be given to her; so also, if she has not been her Sulka, property, and compensation due to her for allowing her husband to remarry.

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