Three days after a 50-year-old woman’s body was found near the pyre of her husband at Lohata village in Latur district, Maharashtra, police said she might have fainted near the pyre and caught fire, ruling out ‘Sati,’ as reported in a section of media.
Sati was practised in the past in the country, where recently widowed women committed suicide by jumping into their husband’s funeral pyre.
Usha’s husband Tukaram Masaji Mane (54) died of heart attack on March 29 and the funeral took place same day. On Monday afternoon, Usha’s partially burnt body was found near her husband’s funeral pyre.
Latur SP Dyaneshwar Chavan said: “We had registered it as an accidental death. It is true that the body was found near the pyre in a partially burnt condition. However, probe shows that it is not an incident of Sati. She was not well both mentally and physically because of her husband’s sudden death and rigorous fasting. There is a possibility that she fainted due to weakness and may not have been able to protect herself.”
Tukaram’s elder brother Marytu (72), who has retired from the Army and fought the 1965 and 1971 war, said: “Tukaram was not well. He was suffering from stomach ailment. He had suffered two heart attacks. This time it was the third attack which caused his death in the early hours of Sunday.”