Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 1, Verse 41

अधर्माभिभवात्कृष्ण प्रदुष्यन्ति कुलस्त्रिय: |
स्त्रीषु दुष्टासु वार्ष्णेय जायते वर्णसङ्कर: || 41||

adharmābhibhavāt kṛiṣhṇa praduṣhyanti kula-striyaḥ
strīṣhu duṣhṭāsu vārṣhṇeya jāyate varṇa-saṅkaraḥ

adharmairreligion; abhibhavātpreponderance; kṛiṣhṇaShree Krishna; praduṣhyantibecome immoral; kula-striyaḥwomen of the family; strīṣhuof women; duṣhṭāsubecme immoral; vārṣhṇeyadescendant of Vrishni; jāyateare born; varṇa-saṅkaraḥunwanted progeny

Translation

BG 1.41: With the preponderance of vice, O Krishna, the women of the family become immoral; and from the immorality of women, O descendent of Vrishni, unwanted progeny are born.

Commentary

The Vedic civilization accorded a very high place in society to women, and laid great importance on the need for women to be virtuous. Hence, the Manu Smṛiti states: yatra nāryas tu pūjyante ramante tatra devatāḥ (3.56) [v5] “Wherever women lead chaste and virtuous lives, and for their purity they are worshipped by the rest of society, there the celestial gods become joyous.” However, when women become immoral, then irresponsible men take advantage by indulging in adultery, and thus unwanted children are born.