INDIA Act XV, 1856....."Whereas it is known that by the law as administered in the civil Courts, Hindu widows with
certain exceptions are held to be, by reason of their having been once married, incapable of
contracting a second valid marriage, and the offspring of such widows by any second marriage
are held to be illegitimate and incapable of inheriting property;...
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The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world's oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. - which reached its zenith under ASHOKA - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture.
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