In a box on page 95, in the book on history for class VI, NCERT quotes from the Arthashastra. NCERT forgets to tell the child that the books get polluted over a period of time, especially when the country undergoes turmoil and slavery. As the women were being paid according to the "quality and quantity" of work, and they themselves were to visit the official (on completion of work which they do at their home), the last line, about the punishment on not completing the work, is obviously a later addition (pollution).
Note that this is the only quote NCERT has made from the Arthashastra in the whole book. Also note the stire in the question that has been asked at the end of the quote. What effect is this going to have on the child? Will he not think that his ancestors were lunatics?