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Woman attempts Sati in Bihar

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Posted online: Monday, April 24, 2006 at 1504 hours IST
 
PATNA, APRIL 24:  A 78-year-old Indian woman killed herself by jumping on to her husband’s funeral pyre, police said on Monday, following the ancient Hindu custom of Sati outlawed in the 19th century.

Sita Devi’s body was found on Saturday at the cremation site in Bihar.

Sati, an act of devotion which means "faithful wife", was common until it was banned by India’s British colonial rulers in 1829.

The practice largely disappeared from public view until 1987 when a young woman dressed in her bridal costume jumped on to her husband’s cremation pyre watched by thousands of people, many egging her on.

Her death sparked national outrage and forced the government to ban the glorification of sati, making it an offence punishable with a maximum sentence of seven years and a fine of up to 30,000 rupees.

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NCW seeks report from Bihar Govt on Sati incident  
 
New Delhi, Apr 24: Taking suo motu cognizance of an incident of a woman allegedly committing `Sati’ in Bihar, the National Commission for Women (NCW) today sought a report in the matter from the state government.

"This is a case of complete violation of the Sati Prevention Act. We have taken suo motu cognizance and sought a report from the state government," NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said from Rajasthan.

The commission is in the process of gathering information from the state administration on how the incident took place and why nobody prevented it, she said.

Vyas said the commission has also asked the state to inform as to what action has been taken against those found guilty.

According to reports, a septuagenarian woman committed ‘sati’ by jumping on the funeral pyre of her husband at a village in Gaya district on Friday.

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Woman commits Sati in Gaya district

[ Monday, April 24, 2006 01:38:53 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PATNA: A septuagenarian woman, Sita Devi, committed "sati"by jumping on the the funeral pyre of her octogenarian husband Sugriv Prasad in Sidhpur village under the Imamganj police station of Gaya district on Thursday night.

According to Magadh range DIG Arvind Pande, Sita Devi sneaked out of her house in the dead of night on the fateful day after her sons and fellow villagers returned home after cremating the deceased. She went straight to the crematorium and jumped on the funeral pyre of her husband.

Sugriv had died the previous day and was cremated the following day. The police officer said that the family members made a frantic search for her when they learnt that she was not at home.

However, some villagers, who had seen the old woman rushing towards the crematorium, informed them that they had seen her going towards the crematorium.

By the time the family members rushed to the crematorium, Sita Devi’s body was reduced to ashes. The police have registered a case of unnatural death in this regard.

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Another woman commits Sati in Bihar    

Patna, Apr 24: A septuagenarian woman, Sita Devi, committed "Sati"by jumping on the the funeral pyre of her husband Sugriv Prasad in Sidhpur village under the Imamganj police station of Gaya district on Thursday night.

According to Magadh range DIG Arvind Pande, Sita Devi sneaked out of her house in the dead of night on the fateful day after her sons and fellow villagers returned home after cremating the deceased. She went straight to the crematorium and jumped on the funeral pyre of her husband.

Sugriv had died the previous day and was cremated the following day. The police said that the family members made a frantic search for her when they learnt that she was not at home.

However, some villagers, who had seen the old woman rushing towards the crematorium, informed them that they had seen her going towards the crematorium.

By the time the family members rushed to the crematorium, Sita Devi’s body was reduced to ashes. The police have registered a case of unnatural death in this regard.

On his mother being burnt alive, Ramashankar, son of the deceased said: “ The villagers soon deemed her as Sati and started worshipping her photograph soon after the incident. The police have, however, refused to take action on the issue”.

Though, the practice of Sati has been made illegal by the Government of India, such incidences keep happening from time to time. Many women have committed Sati or were forced to do so. The one incident, however, that made big news was the Roop Kanwar case of 1987.

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Bihar woman commits ‘Sati’

PTI, Sunday, April 23, 2006  11:11 IST
     
GAYA: A septuagenarian woman was claimed to have committed ‘sati’ by jumping on the funeral pyre of her husband at a village in this district of Bihar.

77-year-old Sita Devi reportedly performed the now abolished ‘sati’ by flinging herself on the pyre of her husband Sugreev Prasad at Siddhpur village under Imamganj police station on Friday, her sons and co-villagers told reporters.

However, the concerned Block Development Officer and local police station, when contacted, said they had no such information.

Sita’s sons Ramashanker and Sanjay Prasad said their mother, who was deeply religious, left the house unnoticed on Friday night when the family members were asleep after cremating their father.

She walked to the cremation ground, about one km from the house, where she took her life by jumping on the still burning pyre of her husband.

The matter came to light the next morning when not finding Sita Devi in the house they began looking for her. In the meantime, some villagers informed her sons that they had sighted the badly charred body of their mother on the pyre.
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Gaya Woman Jumps into Husbands Pyre, Commits Sati

Gaya: April 24, 2006

Sita Devi, a 70-plus year old woman in Sidhpur village under Imamganj police station in Gaya district, on Thursday night, allegedly jumped into the funeral pyre of her husband and committed Sati, officials in Gaya said on Sunday.

The woman whose husband Sugriv Prasad died on Thursday sneaked out of the house after darkness fell and went to the cremation area where she committed Sati by jumping into the still burning body of her husband.

When the family members started a search for her, they found her remains along with her husbands ashes, Magadh range DIG Arvind Pandey said.

A case of unnatural death has been filed by the police.

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