In India a lot of women(both married & unmarried) fast for religious purposes.
Many Vratas are there all throughout the year viz:- Varalakshmi Vrata,Mangala Gowri Vrata,Rishi Panchami Vrata(specifically done by ladies)etc.
But I found the following surprising sloka from the Parasara Smriti which says that a married woman if fasts reduces the lifetime of her husband and eventually goes to hell.
Chapter 4,Sloka 17.
Pathou Jivati Ya NaaryuPoshyavratamaachareth
Ayusham Harate bhartuhu Saa Naari Narakam Vrajeth.
Meaning-If a woman,during her husband's life,observes areligious vow which involves a religious vow which involves a fast,that woman thereby shortens her husband's life ,and after death goes to hell.
Similar slokas are there in other Smritis as well.For example the Vishnu Smriti says:
- No sacrifice, no penance, and no fasting is allowed to women apart from their husbands; to pay obedience to her lord is the only means for a woman to obtain bliss in heaven. 16. A woman who keeps a fast or performs a penance in the lifetime of her lord, deprives her husband of his life, and will go to hell.(Vishnu Smriti XXV )
What are the counter quotes from other Sastras?