With modern Indian Movies behaving as if an accidental application of Sindhur or MangalaSutra Dharana constitute divine will, it is interesting to note that the Dharmasastra had a saner view….
Source SBE 14: Vasishtha: Chapter XVII.The following passage is quoted from VÂSISHTHA DHARMASÂSTRA, but the author may not be the same as ourVasishtha, the husband of Arundhati and the great grandfather of Veda Vyasa वेद व्यास.
72. ‘If the betrothed of a maiden die after she has been promised to him verbally, and by (a libation of) water, but before she was married with (the recitation of) sacred texts, she belongs to her father alone.’ 72
73. ‘If a damsel has been abducted by force, and not been wedded with sacred texts, she may lawfully be given to another man; she is even like a maiden.’
74. ‘If a damsel at the death of her husband had been merely wedded by (the recitation of) sacred texts, and if the marriage had not been consummated, she may be married again.’
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