Scholars are sharply divided in their opinion as regards the actual situation in ancient India. Some contend that the position of woman then was certainly the worst possible. But others argue that it was not that bad and women were given due honour and respect. Manu the most prominent of our law-givers, has been severely criticised by many for his remark that a woman should never be granted independence, because in childhood she is under the protection of the father, in youth under that of the husband and in old age under that of the son. But it is also a fact that Manu has elsewhere extolled women as 'the beautiful shining lamps of the household' and again, has declared that gods revel only where women are worshipped.
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