1829 the abolition of sati or widow burning on the pire of her husband. All of this comes together when this practice is abolished, it is also becoming more visible at the time- 500/600 per year in delhi. So why is the colonial state focusing on something like this when it would do much more good to enable widow remarriage instead. Because widows weren"t allowed to remarry they often turned into outcasts and it was a much more pervasive social ill. that brings us to a debate between mani and singha. Singha works on crime and criminal law so she is making an argument from the context of the developing law of homicide. Mani"s argument is that she looks at the debates and what the britihs do is they get native informants and brahmins to translate ancient texts about whether sati is valid and under hwat conditions.