When the Indian woman marries, she becomes the property of her in-laws and no longer belongs to her family. Ancestrally, if the husband died, she had to follow him into the afterlife.
Sati is the act of a Hindu widow cremated on the funeral pyre of her husband to fulfill her role as wife.
The prohibition of this age-old practice in 1829 was not enough to give Indian women a family or social weight. Since then, the widow is no longer burned at the stake, as can be seen in "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne, but the tradition continues perniciously.
In the best cases, she becomes the slave of her stepmother, or, unfortunately, a fire in the kitchen, a fall from stairs or an acid attack will happen accidentally. Giving to the mother in law the honor of raising orphaned grandchildren.
In a broader sense, women_ widows or not _remains subject to the diktats of a changing society. When the husband's death, after a rape or a divorce or for a simple financial independence desire, women often have no choice but to physically or socialy disappear. Their status remains unchanged in strangled by traditions. It is the modern Sati.
This series was produced in 2016 in Rajastan.