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Indian social worker
Born: November 14, 1948, Wardha, India
Died: January 4, 2022, Pune, India
Parents: Abhiman Sathe
Other names: Mai (lit. mother)
Sindhutai Sapkal, affectionately known as “Mother of Orphans”, was an Indian social worker and social activist best known for her work in educating orphaned children in India.
She obtained a Ph.D. in Literature from DY Patil Institute of Technology and Research in 2016. Here is the detailed Sindhu Tai Sapkal biography.
Sindhutai was born on November 14, 1948, in the village of “Pimpri Meghe” in the Wardha district of Maharashtra. Her father was called “Abhimaan Sathe” who was a Charava (herding animal).
Because she was a daughter, Sindhutai wasn’t liked by everyone in the house (because she was a daughter, not a son) so they called her “chindhi” (a torn piece of cloth) in the house.
But her father wanted to teach Sindhu, that’s why he sent Sindhu to school against Sindhus’ mother
Because of the mother’s opposition and the economic situation of the house, Sindhu’s education continued to be interrupted.
When she passed the fourth-grade exam, she had to stop going to school due to economic conditions, household duties, and break off child marriage.
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When Sindhutai was 10 years old, she was married to “Srihari Sapkal”, 30 years old. She was the mother of 3 children at the age of 20.
Sindhutai complained to the village chief’s district officer that She did not charge the villagers. To avenge their insult, Mukhiyana Srihari (Sindhutai’s husband) was instigated by the villagers to kick Sindhutai out of the house while she was 9 months pregnant.
The same night she gave birth to a girl in Tabelle (cows and buffaloes). When she went to her mother’s house, her mother refused to accept her alone (her father died, otherwise he would have kept her daughter).
Sindhutai was staying with her daughter at the train station. Praying to fill her stomach and stay in the cremation at night to protect herself and her daughter.
In her fight, She realized that there are so many orphans in the country who need a mother. From that moment She decided that any orphan who came to her would become her child.
Sindhutai has dedicated her whole life to orphans. That is why her name is “Mai” (Mother). They adopted 1050 orphans. She had 207 sons and 36 daughters-in-law in her family till today. She has over 1000 grandchildren.
Her daughter is a lawyer and many of the adopted children are doctors, engineers, lawyers and many of them also run their own orphanages.
Sindhutai has received a total of 273 national and international awards, including the Maharashtra State “Ahilyabai Holkar Award” for social workers who work for women and children.
Her orphanage is located in Pune, Wardha, Saswad (Maharashtra). In 2010 a Marathi film based on the life of Sindhutai was shot “Mee Sindhutai Sapkal”, which was shortlisted for the 54th London Film Festival. Sindhutai’s husband turned 80, he came to live with them.
Sindhutai accepted her husband as a son, saying that she is just a mother. Today he tells with great pride that he (her husband) is their eldest son.