According to Hindu mythology, the Manusmriti is the word of Brahma, and it is classified as the most authoritative statement on Dharma. The scripture consists of verses, divided into 12 chapters.
Hindu apologists consider the Manusmriti as the divine code of conduct and, accordingly, the status of women as depicted in the text has been interpreted as Hindu divine law. It is the nature of women to seduce men in this world; for that reason the wise are never unguarded in the company of females. Women, true to their class character, are capable of leading astray men in this world, not only a fool but even a learned and wise man. Both become slaves of desire. Since carnal desire is always strong, it can lead to temptation.
One should not marry women who has have reddish hair, redundant parts of the body [such as six fingers], one who is often sick, one without hair or having excessive hair and one who has red eyes. One should not marry women whose names are similar to constellations, trees, rivers, those from a low caste, mountains, birds, snakes, slaves or those whose names inspires terror.
Wise men should not marry women who do not have a brother and whose parents are not socially well known. Although Brahman, Kshatriya and Vaish men have been allowed inter-caste marriages, even in distress they should not marry Shudra women.
Accordingly, their children adopt all the demerits of the Shudra caste. A Brahman who marries a Shudra woman, degrades himself and his whole family ,becomes morally degeneratedloses Brahman status and his children too attain status of shudra.
The offerings made by such a person at the time of established rituals are neither accepted by God nor by the departed soul; guests also refuse to have meals with him and he is bound to go to hell after death.
Food offered and served to Brahman after Shradh ritual should not be seen by a chandal, a pig, a cock,a dog, and a menstruating women. A Brahman, true defender of his class, should not have his meals in the company of his wife and even avoid looking at her. A Brahman in order to preserve his energy and intellect, must not look at women who applies collyrium to her eyes, one who is massaging her nude body or one who is delivering.
A female child, young woman or old woman is not supposed to work independently even at her place of residence. Girls are supposed to be in the custody of their father when they are children, women must be under the custody of their husband when married and under the custody of her son as widows. In no circumstances is she allowed to assert herself independently. Men may be lacking virtue, be sexual perverts, immoral and devoid of any good qualities, and yet women must constantly worship and serve their husbands.
Women have no divine right to perform any religious ritual, nor make vows or observe a fast. Her only duty is to obey and please her husband and she will for that reason alone be exalted in heaven. At her pleasure [after the death of her husband], let her emaciate her body by living only on pure flowers, roots of vegetables and fruits. She must not even mention the name of any other men after her husband has died. Any women violating duty and code of conduct towards her husband, is disgraced and becomes a patient of leprosy. After death, she enters womb of Jackal.
In case women enjoy sex with a man from a higher caste, the act is not punishable.
But on the contrary, if women enjoy sex with lower caste men, she is to be punished and kept in isolation. In case a man from a lower caste enjoys sex with a woman from a higher caste, the person in question is to be awarded the death sentence.
In case a woman tears the membrane [hymen] of her Vagina, she shall instantly have her head shaved or two fingers cut off and made to ride on Donkey. In case a women, proud of the greatness of her excellence or her relatives, violates her duty towards her husband, the King shall arrange to have her thrown before dogs at a public place. Since women are not capable of living independently, she is to be kept under the custody of her father as child, under her husband as a woman and under her son as widow.
It is the duty of all husbands to exert total control over their wives. Even physically weak husbands must strive to control their wives.
The husband, after the conception of his wife, becomes the embryo and is born again of her. This explains why women are called Jaya. Consuming liquor, association with wicked persons, separation from her husband, rambling around, sleeping for unreasonable hours and dwelling -are six demerits of women.
Such women are not loyal and have extra marital relations with men without consideration for their age.
Because of their passion for men, immutable temper and natural heartlessness, they are not loyal to their husbands. While performing namkarm and jatkarm, Vedic mantras are not to be recited by women, because women are lacking in strength and knowledge of Vedic texts.
Women are impure and represent falsehood. He who is appointed to cohabit with a widow shall approach her at night, be anointed with clarified butter and silently beget one son, but by no means a second one.
In accordance with established law, the sister-in-law [bhabhi] must be clad in white garments; with pure intent her brother-in-law [devar] will cohabitate with her until she conceives. Any women who disobey orders of her lethargic, alcoholic and diseased husband shall be deserted for three months and be deprived of her ornaments.
A barren wife may be superseded in the 8 th year; she whose children die may be superseded in the 10 th year and she who bears only daughters may be superseded in the 11 th year; but she who is quarrelsome may be superseded without delay. In case of any problem in performing religious rites, males between the age of 24 and 30 should marry a female between the age of 8 and Thanks so much for giving such beautiful article.
This article is very derogatory and beautiful is not the word. It is not only Manu with this sick ideology but all Brahmin blood suckers shared the ideology. Where are the gods and why did the good gods you worship allowed this cruelty against women and humans that were deemed low?
I am so enthused that enlightenment is dawning in kulin hindu women. Ambedkar was not gud but a messiah in chain with reformers who pioneered for emancipation of half of mankind enslaved in the name of Divine ordained. Not the article. Article is beautifully written highlighting his brahminism n chauvinism.
After going through these article i feel sad that such a horrible way of dishonouring n insulting a woman. Seems manu smriti is totally perverse and against humanity. Manu Smriti is the dirtiest so-called gospel and was well-planned gospel to control people. We all now that it came from a bunch of uneducated brahmans who believe the God know by their first name. Krishna, Vishnu, Rama, Shiva, vasista, Valmiki etc are not brahmans, and I pity them, because they lost their brains. Manusmirthi must be removed from the Hindu system.
The word is not uneducated but scheming wicked. Read of Durvasa and imagine his ego who uttered that Sun cannot set unless he performed sandhya. This manuscript details a corrupt and evil culture. Manu Smriti is over rated. As Dharma Somashekar pointed out there have been so many law makes.
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Not all Hindus follow Manu Smriti. In fact no one can claim that he follows a particular Smriti as on date. British wanted to make everyone including Indians feel that anything Indian is inferior. They conveniently took Manu Smriti as a representation of entire Hinduism and adulterated the verses.
However it is very easy to identify the fraud verses and separate them from the original Manu Smriti. The online version of Manusmriti is manipulated one. If some one wants to understand Manusmriti then buy the whole book or a genuine interpretation of Manusmiriti done by Dr. Surendra Kumar. Manusmriti does not appear to be a genuine religious text. It most likely is a creation relatively recent in comparison to Rig Veda etc. Note that even though the name Manu appears in the.
Vedas Rig Veda etc. Thus Manusmriti has little to do with.
In any case, Manusmriti contradicts the Vedas Rig Veda etc. Emotions run high when reading this book — and that can be true while reading law books of every religious tradition. But as a researcher we need to be very objective and non-emotional when subjectivity is needed. Where women are revered, there the gods rejoice; but where they are not, no rite bears fruit. Where female relatives grieve, that family soon comes to ruin; but where they do not grieve, it always prospers.
When female relatives, not receiving due reverence, curse any house, it comes to total ruin, as if struck down by witchcraft. If men want to become prosperous, therefore, they should always honour the women on joyful occasions and festive days with gifts of adornments, clothes, and food.
Wonderful article! I commend the author of this piece. Sati System…Widows not allowed to be remarried…. Why didnt the Ramayan nd the Mahabharat follow the rules of the ManuSmriti??? Was he a mannah from heaven,churning out amazing and degrading rules for women?
Seems he definitely needed to have his head examined. Absurd rules regarding solutions for widows and issueless women. Who brought about the absurd and insulting rules for widowed women-dress her up for 10 days, then pull out her thali,pull the flowers out,smear up the vermillion ,derive her of her ornaments and then give her white clothes????????