|Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for Mankind||Chapter 14: King Citraketu's Lamentation|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.14.40
dhig aprajāḿ striyaḿ pāpāḿ
dāsīm iva tiraskṛtām
dhik — all condemnation; aprajām — without a son; striyam — upon a woman; pāpām — full of sinful activities; patyuḥ — by the husband; ca — also; a-gṛha-sammatām — who is not honored at home; su-prajābhiḥ — who have sons; sapatnībhiḥ — by co-wives; dāsīm — a maidservant; iva — exactly like; tiraskṛtām — dishonored.
A wife who has no sons is neglected at home by her husband and dishonored by her co-wives exactly like a maidservant. Certainly such a woman is condemned in every respect because of her sinful life.
As stated by Cāṇakya Paṇḍita:
mātā yasya gṛhe nāsti
araṇyaḿ tena gantavyaḿ
yathāraṇyaḿ tathā gṛham
"A person who has no mother at home and whose wife does not speak sweetly should go to the forest. For such a person, living at home and living in the forest are equal." Similarly, for a woman who has no son, who is not cared for by her husband and whose co-wives neglect her, treating her like a maidservant, to go to the forest is better than to remain at home.
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