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  • n. Variant of suttee.


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  • He tried to outlaw suttee, aka sati, and was met with the “But it is tradition!” argument — even though it was not as widespread as usually assumed today.

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  • The Hindu practice known as sati - which involves tossing a living widow on the crematory fires of her dead husband - is patently contradictory to these words from the sacred Mahabharata: "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you."

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  • The Anglo-Indian who has discovered that the suttee he read of as a boy is called sati by those who know it best is not content to keep so important a piece of knowledge to himself; he must have the rest of us call it sati, like the Hindoos ah, no – Hindus &himself; at any rate, he will give us the chance of mending our ignorant ways by printing nothing but sati &forcing us to guess what word known to us it may stand for.

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  • India is a signatory of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, meaning that, along with other issues, slavery is prohibited by law, and yet, in the form of widows, there are millions of slaves existing in India today - innocent victims who have no way of defending themselves - and no longer an "escape" through "sati" - because society has come to accept their miserable plight as -- "all part of our Tradition and Culture".


  • In debating whether practices such as sati should be legalized in India, the reality was that both British and Indian male nationalists were merely concerned with trying to sustain holds on their social power apparatus instead of seriously caring about real issues of human rights reform for Indian women.

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  • The "sati," the burning of the widows, is abolished, but Brahmans are clever managers, and the widows often long for the sati.

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  • Documentary maker Virmani, whose camera is known for capturing the anguish of women in rural India, including the infamous case of Roop Kanwar, who committed "sati" in Rajasthan, will bring to Kathmandu Friday the fruit of her six years 'labour, the Kabir Project.

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  • "Disturbed by her husband Shivnandan Verma's death, Lalmati had expressed desire to commit 'sati', but her family didn't take it seriously," he said. anamika. mis15 at 01: 06 on October 13th, 2008

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  • In a shocking throwback to medieval times, an elderly woman committed 'sati' by jumping into her 80-year-old husband's funeral pyre at Cheche

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  • A 71-year-old woman in a Chhattisgarh village jumped on her husband's funeral pyre and committed suicide, creating a sensation as hundreds thronged to view the place of the alleged 'sati', a banned Hindu custom, police said Sunday.

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    In Hindu Mythology, Sati plays the role of luring Shiva from ascetic isolation into creative participation in the world.

    The Act of Sati, in which a Hindu widow immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre as the final act of loyalty and devotion, is patterned after the Goddess Sati, from whom the name of the act is derived.

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