- Is a woman required to be chaste even before being married? Or can a woman have affairs with other men and then get married to some other man (it is common phenomena now-a-days). Do such women go to heaven?
- Is she required to be chaste while being married? Can a woman who cheats on her husband or a woman who indulges in adultery with the consent of her husband go to heaven?
Manu Smriti says that the religious ceremony of marriage is never meant for ladies who have lost their virginity:
8.226. The nuptial texts are applied solely to virgins, (and) nowhere among men to females who have lost their virginity, for such (females) are excluded from religious ceremonies.
If the father knowingly does Kanyadana of such a daughter who has already lost her virginity then that father is eligible for a punishment. But not so when he declares that blemish beforehand.
8.205. He who gives (a damsel in marriage), having first openly declared her blemishes, whether she be insane, or afflicted with leprosy, or have lost her virginity, is not liable to punishment.
So, yes women are required to be chaste before marriage.