"the Manu-Smriti prescribes ..."

"[T]he Manu-Smriti prescribes such heavy sentences as cutting off the tongue, or pouring of molten lead in the ears, of the Shudra who recites or hears the Veda." In fact, no such penalties are described in the Laws of Manu. But a common notion to this effect persists up to the present.