Woman commits 'sati' on funeral pyre of her husband in 21st-century India
A latest incident involving an elderly woman performing Sati on the funeral pyre of her husband has once again raised the ever pertinent question-
Are we really living in the 21st century?
In an age of Twitter hashtags, globalisation and a world that vociferously supports the rights of women; the incident has once again forced us to question the society we are living in.
Sixty-five-year-old, Gahwa Devi hid from her relatives and jumped into the funeral pyre of her husband Ramcharitra Mandal in village Parmania in Saharsa district of Bihar.
Shockingly, the villagers did not make any efforts to rescue even after seeing her burning on her husband's pyre.
For the uninitiated, the practice of Sati was outlawed by the British in 1829. The Indian Sati Prevention Act from 1988 criminalised any type of aiding, abetting, and even the glorifying of sati practice.
The practice, it is believed, dates back to 4th century BC. However, instances of wives of dead king practice the ancient tradition appears only between the 5th and the 9th century. Initially, it was a practice amongst the warrior class which soon spread to other groups from 12th century till the time it was banned by the British in 18th century.
65-year-old, Gahwa Devi jumped into the funeral pyre of her husband Ramcharitra Mandal in village Parmania in Saharsa, Bihar.