What do different dharma shastras say about domestic violence against women, is domestic violence treated as sin in majority of them? I would like to know from different dharma shastras especially the shastra by ved vyasa and parashar.

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    violence is violence...no matter what the context. Using the word 'domestic' does not make it any better or worse. Feb 23, 2018 at 3:59
  • Since you try to justify domestic violence it might be okay to you Feb 24, 2018 at 3:37
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    @RakeshJoshi its not, when did I justify domestic violence? Feb 24, 2018 at 5:14
  • @AnubhavJha by quoting wife beating etc from brihadaranyak Feb 24, 2018 at 6:55
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    @RakeshJoshi yes, I meant that Krishna is breaking tradition, when Lord Krishna was giving geeta, that status of women wasn't so good, he is being accommodating and saying that gender or social standing doesn't matter for getting moksha. Feb 24, 2018 at 7:10

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Manusmriti recommends husbands to beat their wives when they commit a fault.

भार्या पुत्रश्च दासश्च प्रेष्यो भ्रात्रा च सौदरः । प्राप्तापराधास्ताड्याः स्यू रज्ज्वा वेणुदलेन वा ॥ २९९ ॥

bhāryā putraśca dāsaśca preṣyo bhrātrā ca saudaraḥ | prāptāparādhāstāḍyāḥ syū rajjvā veṇudalena vā || 299 ||

The wife, the son, the slave, the servant and the uterine brother shall be beaten with a rope or a split bamboo, when they have committed a fault. (Manusmriti 8.299)


The Agni Purana goes one step further and says that even if the wife accidentally dies while being chastised, the husband incurs no sin.

There is no sin when the son or pupil or wife dies when chastised.

Source: https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-agni-purana/d/doc1083402.html

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