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Gautama Dharmasūtra

Chapter XXIII

1. They shall pour hot spirituous liquor into the mouth of a Brāhmaṇa who has drunk such liquor; he will be purified after death.

Who shall pour hot spirituous liquor into the mouth of the brāhmaṇa? The king or fellow brāhmaṇas?

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As per scriptures, only King has right to punish anyone.

  1. Punishment (possesses) a very bright lustre, and is hard to be administered by men with unimproved minds; it strikes down the king who swerves from his duty, together with his relatives.

So in my opinion, it is reffering to King.

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  • So the king will personally pour hot liquor into the mouth of a brāhmaṇa? Or is he going to delegate it someone else? BTW, in this particular instance, Manu says it's a self-imposed punishment. So better to answer it citing Gautama Dharmasūtra itself. – sv. Apr 9 at 22:08

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