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
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.