- Sindhutai Sapkal’s family is huge
- Sindhutai has more than 1000 grandchildren
Social activist and Padma Shri awardee Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal passed away at the age of 73. Sindhutai Sapkal devoted her entire life in grooming the lives of orphans. Sindhutai was the mother of over 1400 children and grandmother of over a thousand. 73-year-old Sindhutai was affectionately called ‘mother of orphans’.
President Kovind said – Inspirational saga of life service of Sindhutai
Expressing grief after the death of Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal, President Ram Nath Kovind said that Sindhutai’s life was an inspiring saga of courage, dedication and service. She loved and served orphans, tribals and marginalized people. My condolences to his family and followers.
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
PM Modi said- I am hurt by the death of Sindhutai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal. He said that Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal will be remembered for his noble service to the society. He also did a lot of work among marginalized communities. I am hurt by his death. Condolences to his family and fans. Calmness.
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 marginalized communities. Pained by her demise. Condolences to her family and admirers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/nPhMtKOeZ4
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2022
Such was the life of Sindhutai
Born in a poor family in Wardha, Maharashtra, Sindhutai had to face discrimination for a long time due to being a daughter. Sindhutai Sapkal’s life started as a child who was not needed by anyone. Sindhutai’s mother was opposed to her going to school. Although his father wanted him to study. So when she was 12 years old, she was married. Her husband was 20 years older than her.
Sindhutai Sapkal got a husband, he was found to abuse and kill. He left them when she was 9 months pregnant. Things got so bad that she had to give birth to her baby girl in a cowshed. She tells that she cut her cord with her own hand.
Whatever child found an orphan, she would adopt it.
All these things shook him to the core. She also thought of committing suicide but later started living with her daughter by begging on the railway platform. While begging, she came in contact with many such children who had none. He saw his sorrow in those children and he adopted them all. Along with him, he started begging for these children as well. After that the series went on. Whatever child they found orphaned, they would adopt it.
Sindhutai has 207 Jamai, 36 Bahus
Sindhutai adopted more than 1400 children in her life. Sindhutai’s family is very big. He has 207 Jamai, 36 daughters-in-law and more than 1000 grandchildren. There are 6 organizations in his name which help orphan children. For his work, he was awarded more than 500 honors including Padma Shri.
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