Abolition of Sati by Lord William Bentinck

Abolition of Sati : 1829

  • The Practice of Sati was first banned in Goa in 1515 by the Portuguese, but it was not that much prevalent there.
  • This evil practice was banned by the Dutch and French also in Chinsura and Pondicherry respectively.

The British permitted it initially but the practice of Sati was first formally banned in city of Calcutta in 1798, but it continued in the surrounding areas.

The Bengal Presidency started collecting facts and figures on the practice of Sati in 1813. The data showed that in 1817 only, 700 widows were burnt alive in Bengal alone.

  • From 1812 onwards, it was Raja Rammohan Roy, who started his own campaign against the Sati practice.
  • His own sister-in-law had been forced to commit Sati.
  • Raja Rammohan Roy used to visit the Calcutta cremation grounds to persuade widows not to so die. He also formed the watch groups. In Sambad Kaumudi he wrote articles and showed that it was not written in any Veda or epics to commit this crime.

It was on 4 December 1829, when the practice was formally banned in all the lands under Bengal Presidency by Lord William Bentinck.

  • By this regulation, the people who abetted sati were declared guilty of “culpable homicide.”

The ban was challenged in the courts. The matter went to the Privy Council in London. The Privy Council upheld the ban in 1832. After that other territories also started following banning, but it remained legal in princely states, particularly in the Rajputana where it was very common.

  • Under the British control, Jaipur banned the practice in 1846.

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  • akanksha sharma

    i still don’t get the answer of my question.did LORD WILLIAM BENTINCK abolished sati first in india

  • vibhuti tiwari

    i too did not get my answer.

  • Shrikant

    Lord william bentinc abolished sati first in bengal and afterwards law was extended to other parts directly under british but not in princely states

  • Shrikant

    Two more references about abolition of sati was first by portugese in Goa and second by guru govind singh while formation of Khalsa

  • sona sivajothi.

    even I dont think only william bentrick 1st abolished sati.it is raja ram mohan roy.


    its more likely to be correct

  • Aniyan Samuel

    I wonder why did you forget to mention the name of William Carry the one who did all efforts to stop this evil practice

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  • sonalika

    i toooooo stil not get my answer correctly…..