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Women's Rights In Hammurabi Law

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There is also gender inequality, since the husbands are usually given almost complete control in deciding what happens to his wife. The husband is the only person given the option f letting his wife live if she committed adultery. In law 129 it states that “if a women is caught having sexual relations with another man that they both will be throw into the water, but if her husband wishes to spare her life he may do so, then the king must spare the life of the other man.” (James). If the husband is humiliated by his wife he also may decide to drown her into the water, which is stated in law 143. Wives or women in Mesopotamian times had very few rights under the Hammurabi’s Law. A woman’s only benefit from Hammurabi’s Law, was that if she
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