Brahminicide or Brahmanahatya is is considered a very heinous crime. Can a person commit Brahmanahatya without killing a Brahmin? People said that it is possible without even killing a Brahmin.

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Manu Smriti 11.54. Killing a Brahmana, drinking (the spirituous liquor called) Sura, stealing (the gold of a Brahmana), adultery with a Guru’s wife, and associating with such (offenders), they declare (to be) mortal sins (mahapataka).

11.55. Falsely attributing to oneself high birth, giving information to the king (regarding a crime), and falsely accusing one’s teacher, (are offences) equal to slaying a Brahmana.

So, if someone commits any of the sins mentioned in the verse 11.55 then they have committed a sin that is equal to killing a Brahmin.
  • How does giving information to king becomes a sin? What's the logic behind it?
    – Eranki
    Nov 11, 2021 at 7:44
  • Giving false information to the king probably about a crime as a witness is a sin @MaruthiEranki
    – Rickross
    Nov 11, 2021 at 9:18

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