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According to the law books, women who are married in this manner are not qualified to be called lawful wives or have the right to share the obligatory duties (dharma) of their husbands.

The Hindu law books prevaricated the possibility of premarital sex with their emphasis upon maidenhood as a precondition for marriage.

The Asura type marriage suited the feudal lords, kings, and wealthy merchants who occupied positions of power and enjoyed wealth and influence.

With their wealth and power they could easily bribe the fathers of the brides whom they desired and obtain their consent to marry them.

The eight types of marriages as listed in the Manusmriti are, Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, Gandharva, Rakshasa, and Paisachika.