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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

‘For holding conversation in suspicious places, whips may be substituted for fines. 

In the centre of the village an outcast person may whip such women five in times on each side of their bodies. She may escape being whipped by paying a pana for each lash.’

Unmannerly women are chastised by harsh words or corporal punishment : ' three strokes either with a bamboo bark, or with a rope, or with the palm of the hand may be given on her hips. ’Cruelty to a husband is punishable with fine.

‘If on a road or in the middle of a forest, or in any other concealed place, a woman falls into the company of any other man, or if, with a view to enjoyment, she accompanies a suspicious or forbidden man, she shall be guilty of elopement.’

But ‘it is no offence for women to fall into the company of actors, players, singers, fishermen, hunters, herdsmen, vintners or persons of any other kind who usually travel with their women.'

But in all cases, except for ‘ subsistence or pilgrimage,’ when a woman goes alone with a man, it is considered blameworthy and has to be redeemed by fine.

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