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Woman commits ‘sati’ in Madhya Pradesh

Sagar (MP), August 22
A woman died after allegedly jumping into her husband’s funeral pyre in Tulsipur village, about 80 km from here, prompting authorities to launch a magisterial probe when people dubbed the incident as an act of ‘‘sati’’, officials said.

Janakrani, 45, jumped into the pyre of her husband, Prem Narayan Gond, 58, last afternoon after family members had left the cremation ground following completion of the last rites, they said.

‘‘Preliminary probe suggests that it was a case of suicide. She was alone when she jumped into the pyre’’, District Collector S. S Shukla told PTI.

Dismissing that it was an act of sati, he said a magisterial probe had been ordered into the incident and added that her family members were not aware of the act and no evidence of pressure exerted on her to take the dire step was found.

Janakrani could not bear the death of Gond, who was paralysed some time back, he said, Janakrani left her house on some pretext and her charred body was later found on her husband’s pyre after a search was carried out by her family members and villagers, who later informed the police.

Senior officials have rushed to the spot with the forensic team to collect evidence, including the charred remains, police said.

The samples will be tested at forensic sciences laboratory here, and if necessary these will also be sent to laboratories in Chandigarh and Hyderabad, Superintendent of Police Mohd Sayeed Afsar, said, adding preliminary interrogation of family members was over, but no case had been registered yet.

Meanwhile, according to a report from Bhopal Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today ruled out punitive action against the residents of Sagar district’s Tulsipur village, where a tribal woman had reportedly committed ‘‘sati’’ yesterday.

In a similar case four years ago, then Chief Minister Digvijay Singh had imposed economic sanctions against Patna-Tamolia village in the neighbouring Panna district, where 65-year-old Kattubai committed ‘Sati’ on August 6, 2002.

Referring to the Sagar incident, Mr Chouhan said an inquiry was being conducted to ascertain the circumstances leading to the immolation by the widow. ‘‘There is no proposal to impose community penalty’’, he told reporters. —PTI/UNI




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