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Rajasthan can easily claim to be the most advanced state in the country in the matter of divorce. In this state, divorce was permitted when there was mal-adjustment, mutual antipathy, mental and physical disparity, willful desertion, conviction for infamous crime, habitual drunkenness, impotency and insanity. Divorce was fairly common among the lower castes and also among the Rajputs. It was not permitted in the Brahmin and Vaishya communities.

In Kota, divorce was common among the lower castes as revealed from the records of the eighteenth century. Divorce was permitted by law when the property which the wives had brought with them when they got married was restored, and tax paid to the state.