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Discuss why banning the practice of sati has not stopped it from happening.

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drugy | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted March 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM via web

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Discuss why banning the practice of sati has not stopped it from happening.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that it should be noted that the practice of sati has certainly decreased over time.  This can be attributed to many factors.  The outlawing of it, something that reflects the government frowning upon it, has helped to a great extent.  Yet, there are parts of India that believe in the practice, ascribing themselves to following a practice of tradition and custom that is seen to supersede that of political authority.  The practice of sati in these areas is seen as an issue of honor, culture, the aforementioned tradition, as well as using these standards to define the role and function of women.  In such a configuration, the practice of sati continues, regardless of how the Indian government views it.  In this, one sees why the banning of the sati practice has not really done much to impact the communities that still practice it.  For communities or areas where the practice is still in existence, one will find that many elements of tradition or culture, the relics of the past, are still in existence.  To a large extent, this might be a challenge that India faces today.  In the midst of modernization and globalization that happens in so much of the nation today, there are still parts, significant numbers of parts, where time has not moved since "the old days."  In assessing its challenges for the future, bridging this chasm is a part of this dialogue, and certainly one that will assist women who are forced to practice sati regardless of the government ban on it.

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