‘Mother of orphans’ Sindhutai Sapkal is no more


Sindhutai Sapkal, affectionately known as ‘the mother of orphan children,’ died of a heart attack in a private Pune hospital today, according to doctors. Sapkal, who was honoured with the Padma Shri award last year, died at the age of 73. Sapkal is noted for the several institutes she has established for orphan children, despite growing up in severe poverty and facing immense hardship throughout her early years.

She was taken to the Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra. “Hernia surgery had been performed one and a half months prior, and her recuperation had been poor. She died of a heart attack at 8 p.m. today “Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar, the hospital’s Medical Director, stated.

Mother of orphans | Sindhutai Sapkal

Sindhu Tai Sakpal Age | Sindhu Tai Sakpal birth

Sapkal was born on November 14, 1948, in Maharashtra’s Wardha district, was forced to drop out of school after passing the fourth grade.

Sindhu Tai Sakpal Husband | Mukhiyana Srihari | Sindhutai’s husband

She married a 32-year-old man when she was only 12 years old. Her husband abandoned her while she was pregnant after she gave birth to three children. Sapkal had to turn to begging to raise her girls because her own mother and the hamlet where she grew up refused to support her in her plight.

Despite these obstacles, she immediately began working for the welfare of orphans. She has 207 sons-in-law and 36 daughters-in-law as a result of raising over 1,050 orphan children.

Sapkal has garnered over 750 prizes and honours in her lifetime, in addition to the Padma award. She has put the money she received from the award toward expanding orphan shelters.

Autobiography Of Sindhutai Sapkal | Mazya Hiradichi Ukali (माझ्या हिरादिची उकळी) By Sakuntala Wagh


Many people have been inspired by her life. Mee Sindhutai Sapkal, a Marathi biography of her life, was released in 2010 and was selected for the global premiere at the 54th London Film Festival.

Sindhutai Sapkal Padmashree

PM Modi paid tribute to the renowned social worker on Twitter, writing, “Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal’s honourable service to society shall be remembered. Many youngsters may have a better quality of life as a result of her efforts.”

“She also conducted a lot of work with underserved groups. Her death hurts me. Heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Shanti Om, “The Prime Minister stated.

Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, expressed his condolences on her passing. He described Sapkal, who looked after hundreds of children, as a true deity in the form of a mother. According to a tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office, her final rites will be performed with state honours on Wednesday.

Devendra Fadnavis, a BJP leader, went on to say that Sapkal grew up in a difficult environment and dedicated her life to those who were marginalised by society. Mr. Fadnavis paid respect to her demise, saying that Maharashtra had lost a mother.