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The Sati System
The Sati (Su-thi , a.k.a. suttee) is the traditional Hindu practice of a widow immolating herself on her husband's funeral pyre. Sati was prevalent among certain sects of the society in ancient India, who either took the vow or deemed it a great honor to die on the funeral pyres of their husbands.
In this section at Kamat's Potpourri, we take a look at the origins, development, and instances of Sati as recorded by witnesses. We have also culled a pictorial exhibition from our archives on the topic.
Warning: This section deals with the controversial topic of suicide. It merely is an academic study of a social practice and it does not mean that we endorse the Sati system.
First Online: February 01, 2001
The Sati System of Suicide
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