The decision of the 32-year-old Roop Kanwar Sati could not be heard on Tuesday. The Sati Prevention Court of Jaipur was scheduled to pronounce its verdict in the case on Tuesday, but Judge Purushottam Lal Saini deferred the hearing.
The hearing on the prayer of the prosecution is deferred. Now the next date will be decided. A case was registered against 39 people in this case. Some of these people died, 11 were acquitted and a judgment against 8 was to be pronounced on Tuesday.The debate between the lawyers and the accused of the Rajasthan government has been completed during the hearing that lasted for 32 consecutive years. A large number of people from the Rajput community reached the court on Tuesday, hoping to get a decision, but they returned after the hearing was deferred. A total of 29 cases of sati were reported in Rajasthan after independence, of which the Roopkavar episode was the last.
Due to Roop Kanwar Sati episode, not only the state but the entire country was insulted. This episode was discussed all over the country and due to this the Sati Prevention Act was enacted. The then Congress government set up a special court in Jaipur to hear the Sati case. Rajput leaders across the country supported the Sati case, but the then opposition leader in the state assembly, late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, opposed it and demanded a law. However, at that time Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had to face opposition from Rajput society.
In 1987, Sati incident occurred in the village of Divrala in Sikar district in Rajasthan, about 32 years ago. Rup Kanwar of Jaipur was married in 1987 to Mal Singh Shekhawat, a resident of Diwala. Mal Singh died of severe illness 7 months after marriage.
It is said that after the death of her husband, Roop Kanwar (18) expressed her desire to become Sati and on 4 September 1987, she became Sati. After this incident, villagers and people of Rajput society gave Roop Kanwar the status of Sati Maa and built a temple there. The festival of Badi Chunri was also done there. It is also reported that Roop Kanwar’s parents were informed about this after their sati.
After the matter became public, at that time there was a lot of ruckus not only in the state but nationwide. On the instructions of the then Chief Minister late Haridev Joshi, the police investigated and made 39 people accused in this case. All of them were accused that they were present there at the time of the incident and they also shouted Sati Mata.
However, due to lack of evidence, 11 people have been acquitted in this case so far. At the same time, many people have died during the trial. All the remaining accused are out of jail on bail. The court was scheduled to pronounce its verdict on Tuesday with 8 accused Nihal Singh, Bhanwar Singh, Dashrath Singh, Uday Singh, Jitendra Singh, Shravan Singh, Mahendra Singh and Narayan Singh, but the hearing was adjourned.