...at Indianwriting for this:
Sati - the act of throwing oneself upon one's husband's funeral pyre - has now been acknowledged as an act commited under duress.
Let's accept it, sati is never voluntary. There is always an element of coercion — physical, psychological or social. More often than not, it is engineered by the widow's family to grab her deceased husband's property.And, up to now, if a widow doesn't kill herself she's subjected to a life of hassles, humilliation and no way out.
So now, the proposed law states that both passive observers and actual abettors are culpable for acts of attempted sati and the punishment for that is either death or life imprisonment. The law places the onus for prevention of sati on the family and the village - the main protagonists.
The law will state that family and community are responsible for the continuing lives of widowed women.
It's kind of saying that women's lives matter more than property and I think that's pretty radical.