(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 27, 2009
BJP Seeks To Revive Sati Custom
THE BJP government of Madhya Pradesh, led by Shivraj Singh Chauhan, is again seeking to do something undesirable. Recently, after a woman died in Chanderi in Ashok Nagar district, an attempt was made to portray it as an example of sati, to glorify it and thus to revive the barbaric medieval custom that has been banned since about 180 years.
A notable fact is that while anti-social elements and vested interests are doing their level best to eulogise this heinous custom, the administration has so far maintained studied silence on this issue.
According to the information
gathered by the Hindi
fortnightly Lok Jatan, recently a
woman called Shagun Bai allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the
fire pit of the
The police and administration did nothing of the sort. On the contrary, Shagun Bai�s body was taken out of the fire pit and burnt on the same pyre along with her husband�s body. Soon the people from the nearby areas began to throng the temple, raise slogans hailing the �Mother Sati� and worship her. On its part, the district administration is only assisting the anti-social elements who are eulogising this anti-human act. The superintendent of police, R K Arusia, admitted the fact of a woman�s death but shirked his responsibility by saying that he did not know anything about the causes of the death or about the subsequent events.
According to the abovementioned fortnightly, it is the anti-women patriarchal thinking of the ruling BJP that is encouraging the administration to ignore the whole episode and not take any action against the criminal elements involved in this crime. This non-action further emboldened these criminal elements who tried to exploit the situation by organising a big gathering on the terahavi (13th day ceremonies) of the dead couple and announcing there the intention to construct a big chabutara (raised platform) in the couple�s memory and a temple on that platform.
Through a letter written to the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, CPI(M) state secretary Badal Saroj has demanded deployment of police guards on the concerned spot in order to foil the moves being made to glorify the death of a woman and make the sati worship a permanent affair. He has also demanded a probe into the causes of the woman�s death and punishment to the guilty persons in this regard. He has also requested the National Commission for Women to intervene in this affair.
The Madhya Pradesh state unit of the All India Democratic Women�s Association too has condemned the moves to revive a savage custom and glorify it.