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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

WOMEN IN THE SACRED LAWS PROLOGUE

Woman has the same rights of inheritance as man. On marriage the couple have a joint interest on their estate, each keeping his or her share separate. All property acquired or inherited comes under joint property. Both husband and wife get equal share of interest. But where property is the contribution of one party only, the contributor gets two-thirds share and the other one third.

Divorce is permissible by mutual consent under Buddhist Law. When one party contracts some incurable disease, such as leprosy, divorce is immediately granted. In these cases each is entitled to one half of the interest in property. If one deserts the other, divorce is automatically and the deserting party forfeits all rights to inherit property but is liable to pay off the joint debts if any.

If the husband becomes a priest against the wishes of his wife and remains as such for seven days, the wife, inherits the entire property and has to pay off also their joint debts. To sell or mortgage a joint property, the consent of the wife is obligatory. Neither party can act independently. A woman has the right to adopt for inheritance or out of pity; girls are not barred from adoption.

These laws still survive in Buddhist countries like Burma, Indo-China, China, Japan and Ceylon. But it must be said that at one time when Buddhism was a living religion in India, they influenced, not to a small extent, Hindu culture and the legal literature. Kautilya admits divorce by mutual consent as did the Buddhists.

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Women In The Sacred Laws
About Prologue
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.1
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.2
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.3
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.4
The Meaning And Scope of Dharma Pg.1
The Meaning And Scope of Dharma Pg.2
The Period Covered By Law-Books Pg.1
The Buddhist Law Pg.1
You are Here! The Buddhist Law Pg.2
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.1
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.2
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.3

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