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इब्रिहश्नांनक्रमांश जैौर्षचार्यैौ 翼锋 while another body petitioned for at least further restrictions, if not the total abrogation of the practice, upon the ground of its absolute illegality. Some months ago too, Bykunth11auth Banoorjee, Secretary to the Brahmyu or Unitarian , Hitláoo community, published a tract in Bungla, a translation of which into English is also before the public, wherein he not only usaintains that it is the incumbent duty of fritidoo Widows, to live as ascetics, and thus acquire divine absorp. tion, but expressly accuses those who bind down a Widow with the corpse of her Husband, and also use barnboos to press her down and prevent her escape, should she attempt to sly from the flaming pite, as guilty of deliberate wornau in urder, in support of this charge, as well as of his declaration of the illegality of the practice generałły, lie has adduced strong arguinents founded upon the authorities considered the iriost sacreti, This tract we hear has been generally circulated in Calcutta, and its vicinity, and has also been submitted to several Pundits of the zillah and Provincial Courts in Bengal, through their respective judges and Magistrates. It is reported too, thai consequent to the appearance of that publication, some Brah inuns of learning were requested by their wealthy followers to reply to that treatise, and I was { herefore in sanguine expectatiori that the subject w oulw! undergo a thorough investigation." This report has now entirely subsided, and the practice of burning Widows is still carried on, and in the suanner which has been declared illegal and inurderous. At thia I catatiot help astouishment, as I am at a loss to conceive how persons can reconcile themselves to the stigina of heing accused of woman murder, without attempting to shew the injustice of the charge, or if they find themselves unqualified to do that. without at least ceasing to expose themselves to the reiteration of such a charge by further perseverance in- . similar conduct. I feel also both surprise and regret that: "