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Sir Francis watched the procession with a sad countenance, and, turning to the guide, said, "A suttee."
Phileas Fogg had heard what Sir Francis said, and, as soon as the procession had disappeared, asked: "What is a suttee?"
"A suttee," returned the general, "is a human sacrifice, but a voluntary one.
"Indeed it was: I had as good a right to die when my time came as he had: but I should bide that time, and not be hurried away in a suttee."
(22) Sati (or Suttee) is mentioned as "the Indian custom of a wife immolating herself either on the funeral pyre of her dead husband or in some other fashion soon after his death." - "Suttee" Encyclopaedia Britannica.
The Hindu practice of Suttee (widows being forced to throw themselves on their dead husbands' funeral pyres) was banned by the British Raj.
(14.) See James Peggs, India's Cries to British Humanity, Relative to the Suttee, Infanticide, British Connexion with Idolatry, Ghaut Murders, and Slavery in India: To Which Is Added Human Hints for the Melioration of the State of Society in British India, 2nd ed.
According to humanist photographer Tewfic El-Sawy, 'By renouncing life's luxuries and by withdrawing from society, critics of this practice have declared that such women are living a form of suttee, the now outlawed practice of burning widows alive on the dead husband's funeral pyre' (Sathe, 2015, p.
"His unwearied labour to promote the social, moral and physical condition of the people of India, his earnest endeavours to suppress idolatry and the rite of suttee and his constant zealous advocacy of whatever tended to advance the glory of God and the welfare of man live in the grateful remembrance of his countrymen.
On the other hand, one cannot take social norms too far, at least not in a libertarian analysis, since suttee, the practice of throwing unwilling widows onto funeral pyres was for many years a common occurrence in India, and, yet, certainly, incompatible with the free society.