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Sati Pratha – Truth and Facts I have met Shahnawaz Husain during a trip to Mumbai. He was my fellow traveler from London to Mumbai. He is now an Indian desi in UK with a very modern outlook. He was talking about superstitions and wrong traditions plaguing India. I have agreed to most of his observations. “Hinduism is a curse for its women – evil people were practicing SATI everywhere in India till British ruled…” he said. (‘Sati’ is a name given to the custom by the British in which the widow is placed on pyre of deceased husband and burnt alive – it was a barbaric and inhumane act) “I agree with you regarding SATI. It is highly deplorable. But how come you blame Hinduism for that?” “Hindu scriptures glorify Sati Pratha…” “So far there is no word in Hindu scripture for “Bride burning”. Sati is the feminine of ‘sat’, means “true”.” “But Hindus were practicing it and encouraging it, resulting in genocide…” “Hmm…” I understood that he is yet another misled educated person.”Shahnawaz, Can I ask you a question…” “Yes, please…” “Even in modern America (African and many other countries), female genital mutilation (FGM) – also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision – is being practiced among some Muslims. They believe that females have no right to enjoy sexual pleasure….” “That’s not true…” he raised his voice. His face became red. “You please get your facts checked. FGM is done in the name of preservation of virginity and reduction of female desire and also to enhance male pleasure. The practice is prevalent in some of the majority Muslim countries. Many girls bleed to death or die of infection – even today” “That’s highly deplorable. We, educated Muslims, seriously condemn such act…” “But Islamic scholars have two opinions about this – some say no obligatory rules exist while others refer to the mention of female circumcision in the Hadith. I do not know, you tell me…” “Sir, All Muslims are not practicing it. Don’t blame Muslims or Islam for some people doing wrong things…” “I totally agree with you. As in any religion, wrong customs are practiced by the ignorant followers.” “I got your point, Uday. You mean to say that just because few people among billions of Hindus practice it doesn’t mean Hinduism supports Sati…” “Not only that – Sanatan Dharma is the only tradition in the world that gives equal importance to all without any gender, colour and race discrimination. So how is it possible to force something like Sati on females?” “Uday, a scholar told me about mentioning of widow’s burning in Rig-Veda?” “Yes – I have also read about it. Rig Ved, Mandala 10, Chapter 18 mentions about widowed dames. The hymn actually calls for a widow to rise from the pier of her dead husband and now move on to take the hand of her new husband. As in all cases, Hindu-bashers have misinterpreted it into a terrible falsification to signify the burning of the widows to demean Hinduism…” “Mahabharata, Hindu epic, tells about Madri was burned with her husband Pandu” “Pandu had another wife – Kunti – why didn’t she die? There are hundreds of characters in Mahabharata. Madri’s case was exceptional. The epic is broader in universality – it shows all evils and good things that had been prevailing in the society during that time. How can you generalize things by a singled-out example? In Ramayana, when Dasaratha died none of his three wives jumped into pyre. There is not even a single case of forceful widow burning in any of our scriptures. The story of Sati and Shiv has nothing to do with Sati Pratha…Sati didn’t die in her Husband’s funeral pyre…” “Then what, really, is Sati?” “Sati is an ancient Sanskrit word, meaning a chaste woman who thinks of no other man than her own husband. The famous examples are Sati Anusuiya, Seelavati, Savitri, Ahilya etc. None of them committed suicide, let alone being forcib
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