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The following is part of a discussion of a Mother’s curse in Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (p. 199):

Laws of Manu

Women must be honored and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands and brothers in-law who desire their own welfare. Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased, but where they are not honored, no sacred rite yields rewards. Where the female relations live in grief, the family soon wholly perishes; but that family where they are not unhappy ever prospers. The houses on which female relations, not being duly honored, pronounce a curse, perish completely, as if destroyed by magic.

The Laws of Manu are a post-Vedic treatise on holy law, composed or collected sometime between the 2nd century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D.