51. No father who knows
(the law) must take even the smallest gratuity for his
daughter; for a man who, through avarice, takes a gratuity, is a seller of his offspring.
52. But those (male)
relations who, in their folly, live on the separate property
of women, (e.g. appropriate) the beasts of burden, carriages, and clothes of women, commit sin and will sink
53. Some call the cow and the bull (given) at
an Arsha wedding 'a gratuity;' (but) that is wrong, since
(the acceptance of) a fee, be it small or great, is a sale
(of the daughter).
54. When the relatives do not
appropriate (for their use) the gratuity (given), it is not a sale;
(in that case) the (gift) is only a token of respect and of
kindness towards the maidens.
55. Women must be honoured and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands,
and brothers-in-law, who desire (their own) welfare.
Where women are honoured, there the gods are pleased;
but where they are not honoured, no sacred rite yields
57. Where the female relations live in grief, the
family soon wholly perishes; but that family where they
are not unhappy ever prospers.
58. The houses on which
female relations, not being duly honoured, pronounce a
curse, perish completely, as if destroyed by magic.
Hence men who seek (their own) welfare, should always
honour women on holidays and festivals with (gifts of)
ornaments, clothes, and (dainty) food.
60. In that family, where the husband is pleased with his wife and the
wife with her husband, happiness will assuredly be lasting.