‘Orphan children’s mother’, renowned social worker Sindhutai Sapkal passes away
   Date :05-Jan-2022

Sindhutai Sapkal passes
RENOWNED social worker Sindhutai Sapkal, known as ‘orphan children's mother’, died following a heart attack at a private hospital here, doctors said. Sapkal, who had received the Padma Shri last year, was 75. She had been admitted to the Galaxy Care Hospital here. “She had undergone a hernia surgery one and a half months ago and recovery was very slow. Today she died of a heart attack around 8 pm,” said Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Medical Director of the hospital. Born into a poor family, and as an unwanted child, Sindhutai was called Chindhi, which in Marathi means a useless piece of torn cloth. She grew up in poverty and had to suffer immense hardships as a child.
Circumstances did not allow her to attend school beyond Std 4, but she has created doctors and lawyers, and respectable, law-abiding citizens from the homeless street urchins who otherwise could have turned to crime for survival. She set up institutes for orphan children. She adopted and took care of more than one thousand orphan kids in 40 years. Sindhutai was known to the world as ‘Mai’. She was homeless, but gave shelter to over 1,500 kids and became the lifegiver for abandoned children. market cap in India).
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