Are second level cousins considered Sapindas in India's Hindu Marriage Act?

Please refer the following screenshot in which the highlighted SINDHUJA [Y] (Red in color) and RAJ [M1] (White in color) may legally marry each other, but the SANTHOS [M2] (Blue in color) is considered Sapindas in India's Hindu Marriage Act.

Both SINDHUJA [Y] (Red in color) and SANTHOS [M2] (Blue in color) are close relationships, since obviously they are in a Sister and Brother relationship.

In this case, if the SANTHOS [M2] (Blue in color) tries to marry SINDHUJA [Y] (Red in color), is this relationship considered Sapindas in India's Hindu Marriage Act? In other words, can he legally marry her?

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    It might be helpful to update the diagram with names, rather than colours. Also, what do the arrows indicate? Finally, what does "sibling brother" mean? In (British) English, "brother" means "a male who shares at least one parent with another" (if being precise, "half-brother" is used if there is only one parent in common), "sibling" means exactly the same, except it applies to males and females equally. Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 14:03
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    @MartinBonnersupportsMonica - I have updated the picture as requested Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 15:10
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    @MartinBonnersupportsMonica: The only thing I can think of is that Hindu law has different treatments/conditions for male/female persons? The labels are somewhat confusing me, seeing as e.g. Shalini is listed as Raj's sister, although she is also listed as daughter of the "sibling brother" of Raj's father Arjun, which is presumably makes her Raj's cousin, not sister? Unless this follows some sort of male "primogeniture" style rules, in which her exact relationship is irrelevant? E.g. all of these terms are translations or derived from not quite exact translations?
    – sharur
    Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 17:57


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