Social worker, Padma Shri awardee Sindhutai Sapkal dies at age 73

Social worker and Padma shri awardee Sindhutai Sapkal dies in the private hospital of Pune at the age of 73. She made several institutes for orphans and nurtured more than 1500 orphaned children.

Sindhutai Sapkal made several institutes for orphans
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Social worker Sindhutai Sapkal who was fondly known as the ‘Mother of orphans’ dies due to cardiac arrest in the private hospital of Pune. She was 73.

“She was admitted to the Galaxy Care hospital in Pune for one and a half month ago and she died due to cardiac arrest around 8 pm today.”, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar, Medical director, Galaxy Care hospital said on tuesday.

Sindhutai Sapkal made several institutes for orphans and nurtured more than 1500 orphaned children. She was conferred with Padma Shri award in 2021 for her social work.

President Ramnath Kovind paid tribute to her. “The life of Dr Sindhutai Sapkal was an inspiring saga of courage, dedication and service. She loved & served orphaned, tribals and marginalised people. Conferred with Padma Shri in 2021, she scripted her own story with incredible grit. Condolences to her family and followers,” Rashtrapati bhawan tweeted.

The life of Dr Sindhutai Sapkal was an inspiring saga of courage, dedication and service. She loved & served orphaned, tribals and marginalised people. Conferred with Padma Shri in 2021, she scripted her own story with incredible grit. Condolences to her family and followers. pic.twitter.com/vGgIHDl1Xe

— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 4, 2022 

“Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal will be remembered for her noble service to society. Due to her efforts, many children could lead a better quality of life. She also did a lot of work among marginalised communities. Pained by her demise. Condolences to her family and admirers. Om Shanti,” Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal will be remembered for her noble service to society. Due to her efforts, many children could lead a better quality of life. She also did a lot of work among marginalised communities. Pained by her demise. Condolences to her family and admirers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/nPhMtKOeZ4

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2022

Sindhutai Sapkal was born on November 14, 1948 in Wardha district of Maharashtra in a very poor family. Due to pathetic condition of her house, she had to dropped her study after fourth standard. She married off at the age of 12 with 32 year old Shrihari Sapkal. But this marriage could not go long and lasted when Sindhutai was 20 year old.

Then, she started begging on the railway platforms to feed her children where she saw other children abondoned by their parents. She adopted them as her own children and then she begged more vigorously to feed them. Later, she donated her own biological child to the trust in Pune to eliminate the feeling of partiality between her biological child and the adopted children.

Sindhutai also worked for the welfare of tribal villagers. She did her best to provide good life to the villagers. She was also known as ‘Maai’ which means ‘mother.’

In addition to Padma Shri, she has been honoured with more than 700 awards for her work. She used award money to provide shelter to the orphan children.

In 2010, the marathi movie ‘Mee Sindhutai Sapkal’ directed by Anant Mahadevan, is a biopic inspired by the true story of Sindhutai Sapkal. The film was selected for world premiere at the 54th London film festival.

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