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Bepin Bihari Medhavi

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He had a firm view of what should be carried out so that women could have more freedom, including the protection of widows and minor wives and she also objected to the practice of sati. Acuciada by economic needs his family had to leave their home in Mangalore, a journey made pilgrimage shrines, temples and sacred rivers. It was here where Pandita took contact with the suffering of the ninas-viudas, unable to marry again, with women alive should be sacrificed on the pyre beside her dead husbands and they were drawn into prostitution. He realized that women in India, victim of a degrading religious and cultural system, was classified at the same level as animals. In fact, in some Hindu religious texts are treated women as worse than demons and whose only God is her husband, who can do with it what he pleases. On that journey of pilgrimage, where he saw die to his parents and his older sister of hunger, religious beliefs Pandita had received from his father collapsed. He had travelled along the dusty roads of the India in search of peace and now her daughter was looking for another way that satisfied his soul. It is said that after traveling 6,000 Km wandering around the nation, came in 1878 with his brother to Calcutta, where he gave lectures and won the hearts of Bengali Brahmins.

His knowledge of Sanskrit impressed them so much that, after a review by a group of scholars (pandits), was awarded the title of Pandita, meaning learned, being the first woman reaching such title in the India. After the death of his brother, Pandita, married a friend of this, the graduate and lawyer Bepin Bihari Medhavi, who was from a caste lower than the Pandita. This marriage was the birth of a daughter who put Manoramabai; Unfortunately to shortly after birth the girl, died her husband as a consequence the cholera.This big loss, later wrote in his memoirs, came to me more to God.