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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

If she, places herself under the protection of anyone, belonging to her father-in-law’s family, or if she begins to live independently, then her husband shall not be sued for her maintenance.’ Thus the determination of maintenance is dealt with.

Women who neglect there dirty to their husbands or engage in amorous dalliance are to be punished: but the punishment is not so severe as prescribed in later law-books.

‘If a woman engages herself in amorous intrigue, or drinking in spite of in order to the contrary, she shall be fined three panes. She shall pay a fine of six panas for going out in the daytime to sports or to see another woman or spectacle.

She shall pay a fine of twelve panas if she goes out to see another man or for amusement. For the same often committed at night the fines shall be doubled. If a woman goes out while the husband is asleep or under intoxication, or if she shuts the door of the house against her husband, she shall be fined twelve panas.

If a woman keeps him out of the house at night, she shall pay double the above fine.’ (III. iii 155).But in cases of serious offences the punishment is more severe.

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