Saastram speaks -6
The following verse is from the ninth chapter of Manu smriti.
It says - A girl can remain in her father’s place or stay alone for her life time, if she did not get a suitable husband. The father should not give her to a man, who is devoid of good qualities.
काममामरणात् तिष्ठेत् कन्या ऋतुमत्यपि ।
न चैवैनां प्रयच्छेत्तु गुणहीनाय कर्हिचित् ।। (9- 89)
kāmamāmaraṇāt tiṣṭhet kanyā ṛtumatyapi
na caivaināṁ prayacchettu guṇahīnāya karhicit (9- 89)
कन्या – A Girl , ऋतुमत्यपि – Even after coming to a marriageable age, कामम् – according to her wish , आमरणात्- till the end of her life , तिष्ठेत् – remain.
च – and, न कर्हिचित् - never to , प्रयच्छेत्- give, एनां – her, गुणहीनाय – to a person devoid of good qualities,