Sindhutai Sapkal, Mother of orphans
Sindhutai Sapkal, Mother of orphans

Sindhutai Sapkal, Mother of orphans

05/01/12 08:40

When at the age 12 Sindhutai was thrown out to her 30-year old husband's home, she had no idea that one day she would not only inspire thousands of women and children but would also be the subject of a biopic.

Sindhutai was driven to near-suicide after marriage and motherhood. Sindhutai survived with her daughter by begging from town to town and is today looking after more than 1000 orphaned children in her five destitute homes in Maharashtra and is the recipient of over 70 national and international awards for her charity work.

Sindhutai, fondly called 'Maai' (mother), says that she never got any help from Maharashtra government.

She has won numerous awards, has till date adopted over 1,000 orphan children, many of whom have gone on to become doctors and engineers. She says, "I approached Maharashtra government several times for help but I never got it. I used to beg earlier for helping needy people and I will continue to do so. I will keep serving people but never join politics". A movie made on her life 'Me Sindhutai Sapkal Boltiye' has won national award.

She says, "Night is terrifying, but without it, the day does not dawn. For me, the night is over and now it is day. If my husband had not maltreated me, I wouldn't have done all this. I have forgiven him. I have accepted him as an older person, not as a husband. Now, there is only a mother left in me…" 

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