Sati Pratha

Sati Pratha in India Sati literally means ‘a pure and virtuous woman’. Sati Pratha or tradition of widow burning at the funeral pyre of her husband has been a shameful social evil and an age old practice in Indian society. A widow was burned either with her tacit consent or most of the times forcefully by her in-laws after the death of her husband. This practice shows a dark and evil side of Hindu society, especially of ancient and medieval India. The practice of Sati or self-immolation by the widow was associated with a kind of virtue. The ‘virtue’ of this practice was defined by a religious logic that it was inauspicious for widow to live after the death of her husband. A widow who agreed to self-immolate herself at the funeral pyre of her husband was considered to be very virtuous and attained to the status of Sati Mata or Sati Goddess. We can still find Temples of Sati Mata in some States of India such as in Rajasthan and M P. Origin of Sati Pratha The root of this inhuman practice lies in the patriarchal traditions of Hindu society where women are always considered as subservient and inferior to men. But the mythological story about the origin of Sati Pratha says that Sati was the wife of Shiva and she self-immolated herself in protest against her father...

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