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Hindu Widow Marriage$
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Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156332

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156332.001.0001

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Book Two

Book Two

(p.71) Book Two
Hindu Widow Marriage

Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar

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This chapter critiques the objections to widow marriage to prove that it is in accordance with the authoritative treatises. Some have ruled out that the passage from Parashara regarding marriage pertain only to girls who have been betrothed. They contend that it was never Parashara's intention to say that a married woman who becomes a widow may marry again. But if the actual meaning of every word used by Parashara in the passage saying that “The authoritative treatises prescribe remarriage of a woman if her husband is missing, deceased, is determined to be impotent, has become a renunciant, or has been outcast” is followed, then in the case of five dire situations, a married woman may marry again. It can clearly be seen that the injunction on marriage expressed in the verse “if her husband is missing” is not meant to apply to young girls who have been betrothed.

Keywords:   widow marriage, Parashara, Hindu authoritative treatises

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