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Issāpakata-itthi Vatthu

The story of a woman who, finding that her husband had relations with a female servant, bound the servant hand and foot, cut off her nose and locked her up in a secret chamber. In order to hide the deed from her husband, she took him to the monastery to hear the Buddha teach. Some relatives of hers came to the house and discovering what had happened, released the servant. She went to the monastery where her mistress was listening to the Buddha’s discourse and proclaimed aloud the wrong done to her. The Buddha, thereupon, pointed out the folly of doing evil in the hope that it would not be found out. We are told that both the woman and her husband became Stream-winners (sotāpanna) at the end of the discourse. The servant was set free (DhA.iii.486‑7).

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