When twice born [dwij=Brahman, Kshatriya and Vaish] men in their folly marry low caste Shudra women, they are responsible for the degradation of their whole family. A Brahman who marries a Shudra woman, degrades himself and his whole family ,becomes morally degenerated , loses 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.
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.
Brahman men can marry Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaish and even Shudra women but Shudra men can marry only Shudra women.
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.
While defending Manusmriti as divine code of conduct for all including women, apologists often quote the verse: , but they deliberately forget all those verses that are full of prejudice, hatred and discrimination against women. 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.
Here are some of the ‘celebrated’ derogatory comments about women in the Manusmriti : 1. 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.
The scripture consists of 2690 verses, divided into 12 chapters.
It is presumed that the actual human author of this compilation used the eponym ‘Manu’, which has led the text to be associated by Hindus with the first human being and the first king in the Indian tradition. 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.
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. 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. Her only duty is to obey and please her husband and she will for that reason alone be exalted in heaven. She must not even mention the name of any other men after her husband has died.
Women have no divine right to perform any religious ritual, nor make vows or observe a fast. 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. Any women violating duty and code of conduct towards her husband, is disgraced and becomes a patient of leprosy.
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. Furthermore, he should not look towards her when she is having her meals or when she sneezes/yawns.
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 child.
One should not accept meals from a woman who has extra marital relations; nor from a family exclusively dominated/managed by women or a family whose 10 days of impurity because of death have not passed.