Mother to many orphan children, Sindhutai is no more

Well known Social Worker, Padma Shri Sindhutai Sapkal, died on Tuesday following a heart attack atGalaxy Care Hospital in Pune. “She had undergone a hernia surgery one and a half months ago and recovery was very slow. Today (Tuesday) she died of a heart attack around 8 PM.” Said Mr. Shailesh Puntambekar, the medical director of the hospital.


A brief look at her life Sapkal, fondly known as “mother of orphans”, was born on November 14, 1948, in Wardha district of Maharashtra.
Having been born in extreme poor conditions, she was forced to drop out of school just after passing class IV, was married to a 32-year-old man at the very age of 12. Pregnant Sindhutai was abandoned by her husband at the age of 20 with her three children. Society continued to play the evil role in her life as she was refused any help by the villagers and even her mother, forcing her to beg to raise her daughters.

Her determination and will power helped her overcome these circumstances and she started working for orphans.
Her achievements She has received more than 270 awards from various national and international organizations. In 2017, she was bestowed with the Nari Shakti award, India’s highest civilian award dedicated to women by President Ram Nath Kovind. In November 2021, she was conferred the Padma Shri in the Social Work category.
Having raised 1050 orphans, “mother of orphans” breathed her last at the age of 73.

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