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Report No. 66

3.32. Sir H. Maine's remarks on 'stridhana'.-

However, before concluding this discussion as to the rights of Hindu women, we may draw attention to the following observations of Sir Henry Maine1, on the nature and origin of 'stridhana':-

"The settled property of a married woman, incapable of alienation by her husband, is well known to the Hindus under the name of 'Stridhana'. It is certainly a remarkable fact that the institution seems to have been developed among the Hindus at a period relatively much earlier than among the Romans. But instead of being matured and improved, as it was in the Western Society, there is reason to think that in the East, under various influences, which may partly be traced, it has gradually been reduced to dimensions and importance far inferior to those which at one time belonged to it."

1. Maine Early History of Institutions, pp. 311-324 cited by Banerjee Marriage and Stridhana (1923), p. 397.

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