Year: 1983 Source: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.29, no.2, (1983), p.130-133 SIEC No: 19840657

This paper reports on a case of suicide by self-immolation on the funeral pyre of the husband. The custom of sati, or widow-burning, is reviewed historically & its meaning is explored within the psycho-social setting of Hinduism. The contribution of developmental events & psychiatric illness is considered. (12 refs.)