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Freedom of women means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Rajatarangini (Ranjit Sitaram Pandit) (history)

Freedom of women (women’s rights) in Kashmir up to the 12th century:—Kalhana’s poem proves that the ancient system of the Aryans in India who, like the Ionic and Doric races and the Lacedaemonians, recognised the freedom of women prevailed up to the 12th century. There is no word in the Sanskrit language for Purdah (“screening” of women from the gaze of men) or for harem or seraglio. Theruling princes had plurality of wives who resided in the Antahpura (Interior Apartments) or the Shuddhanta (Pure Interior). As in the earlier age of the classical drama and literature. We find from Kalhana’s work that seclusion or veiling of women was unknown even among royalty.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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