Thursday, February 13, 2014

HAND PRINTS AT THE ENTRANCE TO JAISALMER PALACE IN SIDE THE FORT






THE ENTRANCE TO JAISALMER  PALACE 
 Photo  December 2013

THE  DETESTABLE  SATI  PRACTICE

The Hand prints on both sides of the entrance belong to some Royal ladies who were forced to perform SATI after the death of their Husbands . I am also informed by a writer that women were forced to perform this despicable act . No religious scripture justifies  or supports it . Women were generally made unconscious by being forced to take opium. They would weep , wail and cry and run away quite often. In a funeral procession , drums would be beaten so loud that the screams of these hapless women got drowned in the din  .In villages Sati statues were erected to give this detestable practice a religious colour . This practice was more prevalent amongst Rajputs rulers .
 Thanks to British Rulers who put the   first ban on this horrible practice in some areas of the country in 1829. It was  followed  by a total ban in entire India by an Ordinance issued by Queen Victoria in 1861.

The Indian Sati Prevention Act 1987 comes down heavily upon those who aid, abet or even "glorify" the act of sati. The punishments are also very harsh .

. Mardon Ke liye har Zulm raavan, aurat ke liye rona bhi khataa
 Mardon ke liye laakhon seje, aurat ke liye bas ek chitaa
 Mardon ke liye har Aish kaa haq aurat ke liye jeena bhi sazaa
Mardon ne Banaayi jo Rasmein un ko Haq ka Farmaan kahaa ,
 Aurat Ke Zinda Jalney ko Qurbaani Aur Balidaan  Khaa
Kismat ke badley Roti dee, Aur usako bhee ehsaan kahaa.............
Aurat Ne janam Diyaa mardon ko……

( Sahir ludhianavi  )

( Autar Mota 13.2.2014)


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