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There’s a proverb “You don’t strike a woman even with a flower” (or … (your) wife …; at least “ženu ani květinou neuhodíš” in Czech language/culture — there's also a comedy movie based on that).

Ethics author Guth-Jarkovský in his 1914 book Společenský katechismus (“Social catechism”) claims (without any reference), that it's an Indian proverb.

I might have seen a mention elsewhere that it’s related to Ashoka. After I was unable confirm with available translations of his edicts, I decided to ask here, whether someone knows more about that.

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    There is a verse in Kularnava Tantra which says exactly the same. You can find it from this answer: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/24632/4732 – Rickross Dec 10 '20 at 17:19
  • @Rickross नमस्कार – mykhal Dec 10 '20 at 18:25
  • Hello and Namaskar. Welcome to the site! – Rickross Dec 11 '20 at 3:22

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