write short note on Sati:
The practice of sati, the age of old custom of burning of widows alive on the funeral pyre of their husbands was prevalent in India from ancient times. This inhuman social custom was very common in northern India more particularly inn Bengal. Bentinck was greatly distressed when he received a report of 800 cases of sati in a single year and that form Bengal. He determined to abolish this practice which he considered an affence against natural justice. Therefore he became a crusader against it and promulgated his regulation XVII on 4 December 1829 prohibiting the practice of sati.