“…if the girl before marriage has menstruation, then the father has to eat that menstrual liquid.”

“…if the girl before marriage has menstruation, then the father has to eat that menstrual liquid.”

Prabhupada said, “Twelve years. And she was given to a boy, my brother-in-law, for the second marriage. Means that my brother-in-law lost his first wife, and still, he was twenty-one years old. My sister was twelve years old and brother-in-law was twenty-one. In the sastra I do not know exactly what is that sastra, but they say that if the girl before marriage has menstruation, then the father has to eat that menstrual liquid. Means it is, mean, very strict. And if the father is not living, then the elder brother has to eat. [break] …of getting the girl married rests on the father. In the absence of the father, the eldest brother. The girl must be married. That is it. It is called daya, kanya-daya.” – Morning walk, 9 February 1976, Mayapur