What Are the Rights of Women in Hinduism?

📖Manusmriti Verse 5.152 
Be he ill-mannered or of licentious habits or destitute of good qualities,—the husband should always be attended upon like a god by the true wive.

the wife should perform penances only with the permission of her husband, it does not matter whether the behavior of the husband is good or bad but the wife should obey him like a god.

📖Shiva Purana 54:25
If a women wants holy water she shall drink the same with which her husband’s feet have been washed. All holy rivers are present in that water.

If a wife wants holy water then she must wash her husband’s feet and drink the water. 

📖Manusmriti Verse 9.3 The father guards her during virginity, the husband guards her in youth, the sons guard her in old age; the woman is never fit for independence.

They quote the following:— Their father protects them in childhood, their husband protects them in youth, and their sons protect them in old age; a woman is never lit for independence.

📖Garuda Purana 1.115.62-63
One shall not reside in a land where there is no leader or where there are many leaders or where the leadership is vested in a woman or in a child, The father protects her in childhood, the husband in youth and the son in old age. A woman is not to be allowed to stay independently.

📖Rig Veda 8.33.19
Cast your eyes downwards, not upwards; keep your feet close together; let not (men)behold your ankles, for from having been a brahmā you have become a Female.

📖Manusmriti Verse 8.299
The wife, the son, the slave, the servant and the uterine brother shall be beaten with a rope or a split bamboo, when they have committed a fault.

📖Shiva Purana 54:20 | 54:16
A chaste lady shall take food only after her husband has taken it, if he stands, the woman too shall remain standing, A chaste lady shall never mention her husband’s name. If the husband scolds or rebukes her she shall not abuse him in return. Even when beaten by him she shall remain glad and say “I may even be killed, O lord. Be kind to me, When called by him she shall leave the work she is engaged in and approach him immediately. With palms joined in reverence and love she shall bow to him and say as follows.

📖The Shiva Purana 54: 50-51
What father gives is limited, what brother gives is limited and what the son gives is also limited. A chaste lady shall worship her husband who gives what has no limit, To a wife the husband is god, preceptor, virtue, holy centre and sacred rite. She should cast off everything and adore him alone.

📖Skanda Purana 3.7.37-38
If a woman transgresses the injunction of her husband and performs holy rites, fasts and other observances, she takes away the longevity of her husband. After her death, she falls into a hell, A hot-tempered woman who, when addressed, gives rude reply, is reborn as a bitch in a village or as a vixen in a desolate forest.

📖Mahabharata 13.40
O son of Kunti, women were all virtuous. Those, however, that sprang from this creation by Brahman with the aid of an illusion became sinful. The grandsire bestowed upon them the desire of enjoyment, all kinds of carnal pleasure. Tempted by the desire of enjoyment, they began to pursue persons of the other sex. The puissant lord of the deities created Wrath as the companion of Lust. Women have no especial acts prescribed for them. Even this is the ordinance that was laid down. The Shruti declares that women are endued with senses the most powerful, that they have no scriptures to follow, and that they are living lies. Beds and seats and ornaments and food and drink and the absence of all that is respectable and righteous, indulgence in disagreeable words, and love of sexual companionship,–these were bestowed by Brahman upon women. Men are quite unable to restrain them within bounds.

📖Garuda Purana 1:109-37
O Saunaka, it is true, definitely true that the vaginal passage of a woman begins to secrete profusely on seeing a well dressed man whether a brother or a son.

Traditional Status of Women in Hinduism

  1. Reference Manusmriti Verse 5.152
  2. Reference Shiva Purana 54:25 
  3. Reference Manusmriti Verse 9.3 
  4. Reference Garuda Purana 1.115.62-63
  5. Reference Rig Veda 8.33.19
  6. Reference Manusmriti Verse 8.299
  7. Reference Shiva Purana 54:20 | 54:16
  8. Reference The Shiva Purana 54: 50-51
  9. Reference Skanda Purana 3.7.37-38
  10. Reference Mahabharata 13.40
  11. Reference Garuda Purana 1:109-37