ETYM Skr. satî a faithful wife, fem. of sant existing, real, true, good, p. pr. of as to be. Related to Sooth.
The act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband.
Suicide of Hindu woman on husband's funeral pyre; this custom.
Hindu custom whereby a widow committed suicide by joining her husband's funeral pyre, often under public and family pressure. Banned in the 17th century by the Mogul emperors, the custom continued even after it was made illegal under British rule 1829.
There continue to be sporadic revivals.