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COURTESY PHOTO

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For several centuries, Hindu teaching encouraged Indian widows to immolate themselves on the funeral pyres of their husbands. It was considered an act of piety. The practice was called Sati or suttee. It was outlawed by the British Raj in 1829. But Sati, named for the Hindu goddess of marital happiness and longevity, persisted well into the 20th century. As many as several hundred women a year hurled themselves onto their dead husbands’ funeral pyres. Two hundred and fifty Sati temples glorified the practice.

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