As per scriptures, is it allowed for men to touch either married or unmarried women, not from own family, with or without her permission?

The touch I used here refers to handshakes, keeping hands on her shoulder, pulling or pushing etc., which generally friends use to do.

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    Manu bhagvan advises not touching even family members when alone - wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/… - so it follows that it is advised against for non-family women also. – ram May 30 '18 at 5:02

A Brahmachari (i.e a student) is to abstain from touching women:

Manu Smriti 2.179.[Let him abstain] From gambling, idle disputes, backbiting, and lying, from looking at and touching women, and from hurting others

And, for the married men, we have the following relevant verses:

8.356. He who addresses the wife of another man at a Tirtha, outside the village, in a forest, or at the confluence of rivers, suffer (the punishment for) adulterous acts (samgrahana).

8.357. Offering presents (to a woman), romping (with her), touching her ornaments and dress, sitting with her on a bed, all (these acts) are considered adulterous acts (samgrahana).

8.358. If one touches a woman in a place (which ought) not (to be touched) or allows (oneself to be touched in such a spot), all (such acts done) with mutual consent are declared (to be) adulterous (samgrahana)

I don't think more details are available in the scriptures.

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    There is at least one more - wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/… . You can add it to your answer. – ram May 27 '18 at 18:47
  • I am aware of that verse.. but it isn't relevant here @ram – Rickross May 28 '18 at 6:12
  • why is it not relevant ? When Manu bhagavan says that even within one's family, we have to be careful, it automatically follows for women 'not from own family', even though OP mentions that. – ram May 28 '18 at 16:12
  • That verse is just saying that lust is too powerful.. it defeats even the most learned so what to say of the rest.. that's why that instruction.. but what it has got to do with touching which is the main topic here? @ram – Rickross May 28 '18 at 16:44
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    that verse says - 'do not touch even women in your own family when alone'. from that, it is implied - 'do not touch other women not in your family', which is the main topic here. – ram May 28 '18 at 21:04

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