Our guide told us they belonged to women who once lived in the fort, and left their hand prints on their way to sati .
Buildings and people of various races and degrees, modes of transport on sea and land, local beliefs and customs such as sati are portrayed with commendable attention to realistic detail.
A society that does not shudder in shame to hear cases of sati , female infanticide and foeticide, and bride burning for dowry can hardly be expected to react to cases of rape.
In the account of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, there is no mention of his liberal social policies, his prohibition of the slave trade and of involuntary sati .
India haters highlighted everything bad about the country: sati , bride burning, human and animal sacrifices, etc.
Such a move enables a second shift, namely, the shift from viewing the sati as victim, to viewing her as active bearer of a particular, context-specific, subjectivity.
Foot binding, male preference, early marriage, virginity tests, dowry deaths, sati , female infanticide and malnutrition are among the many practices which violate a woman's human rights.
The sati is the epitome of the obedient wife, but her burning is irredeemably barbaric.
First-wave feminists also maintained a wounded attachment to sati to justify their need to be partners in the Empire as civilising agents.
Historical tales suggested that a woman attained both the power to give a curse and to confer a blessing in the period between her vow of sati and her death.