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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

‘No woman with a son or sons shall, after remarriage, be at liberty to make free use of her own property; for that property of hers, her sons shall receive.’

‘If a woman after remarriage attempts to take possession of her own property under the plea of maintaining her sons by her former husband, she shall be made to endow it in their name. If a woman has many male children by many husbands, then she shall conserve her property in the same condition as she had received it from her husbands.

Even that property which has been given to her with full powers of enjoyment and disposal, a remarried woman shall endow in the name of her sons ‘.5

In Kautilya we first come across a reference to the personal property of a married woman, which is termed Stridhanam over which she has full powers of enjoyment and disposal ; this has been the subject of comment and criticism in the later digests on law.

We, moreover, see that Kautilya gives us a picture of a society in which asceticism had not gained firm root, though it was slowly establishing itself. The birth of sons was also one of the important considerations of the society; so ho permit remarriage of young widows having children or not.

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