|In commemoration of William Carey |
• In addition to abolishing Sati system, Carey also protested against other cultural institutions that oppressed women like polygamy, female infanticide, child marriage, euthanasia and forced female illiteracy.
• The cobbler turned Baptist missionary was also the first man who led the campaign for a humane treatment for leprosy and ended the practice of burning them alive.
• The versatile English minister also built a system of elementary schools with over a hundred such separate schools for girls.
• Perhaps his most personal achievement was the foundation of the Horticultural and Agricultural Society of India, in September 1820, with The Governor-General as Patron, and Lady Hastings as Sponsor, The missions collected specimens from all their countries and Carey kept them in the garden of Serampore College. His family suffered: Dorothy Died in 1807 - still insane and his son Felix Died early in 1821 aged 36. His second wife Charlotte Rhumohr, died in 1820. These things were entirely common in the India of the time. William Carey himself survived all these vicissitudes till his own death of old age June 8th 1834 aged 73. His own summary of his legacy was -'Give me credit for being a plodder, anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite Pursuit. To this I owe everything.'