Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Truth About Sati

  • Sati Pratha is not an Indian tradition. There is no mention or example of Sati in any old Indian scriptures.

  • Women in India often committed suicide to protect their honour from invaders. This custom was called Johar. They built big cauldron like pots, lit then with fire and jumped into them, to die voluntarily in order to save their honour and chastity. There was no forced immolation in that process.

  • Sati is an ancient Sanskrit term, meaning a chaste woman who thinks of no other man than her own husband. The famous examples are Sati Anusuiya, Savitri, Ahilya etc. None of them committed suicide, let alone being forcible burned. So how is that that they are called Sati? The word ‘Sati’ means a chaste woman, and it has no co-relations with either suicide or murder.

  • The phrase, ‘Sati Pratha’ was a Christian Missionary invention. Sati was taken form the above quoted source and ‘Pratha’ was taken from the practice of Johar’, (by distorting its meaning from ‘suicide’ to ‘murder’) and the myth of ‘Sati Pratha’ was born to malign Indian culture.

  • When Raja Dashrath dies in Ramayana, none of his queens perform Sati act.

  • In Mahabharata, many warriors died in the war, but there is no mention of Sati anywhere.