4.12.06

sati



An statue of a woman who committed sati 60 years ago, holds with her husband at a sati temple at Rampur village, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Oct. 26, 2006. More than 175 years after India's former colonial rulers outlawed sati, a once common ancient Hindu practice where a widow burns herself alive on her husband's funeral pyre, it remains powerfully resonant in pockets of rural India, and a profound embarrassment to the country's increasingly urbanized elite