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Explain the morality in banning sati.
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I think that there is a morality in banning the practice of sati on a couple of levels. The first would rest on the idea that some widows who practice it are forced to do so. I am particularly noting the instances where men would hold women in the fire with long poles, indicating that the women wanted to escape, but were prevented from doing so. I think that this indicates that banning the practice is moral because it seeks to provide a space free from external intrusion for those who did not want to commit the practice. From an even wider moral point of view, I believe that the outlawing of the practice ends up saving lives. In this, there is a greater moral purpose, as opposed to embracing a practice that takes the lives of women, though it is not their own choices. From a political morality point of view, the banning of sati is a step towards the normalization and equalizing of the genders. It is a step to where women and men are equally valid individuals in determining their own being in the world. I think that this is where the banning of the practice of sati achieves a sense of political morality.
Posted by akannan on March 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM (Answer #1)
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