Sindhutai Sapkal, Mother of Orphans
A social worker, a social activist, “Mother of Orphans”, she is Sindhutai Sapkal, known for raising orphan children. A living legend, she has helped more than a thousand impoverished children. At a very young age of 20, she was thrown out of her house by her husband. With an infant baby girl in her hands, she had no one to turn to. Her parents were poor. Initially, she wanted to end her gruesome life, but then during this period of homelessness, she came to see the pathetic conditions of the street children and orphans. She then decided not to give up hope and fight against the cruelty of India’s male dominated society. Soon she started her life again with full vigour and confidence by resolving to give the orphan children a better and decent life. Years passed by and the number of orphans and street children under her care kept on increasing. With a smile on her face, with courage and determination she helped hundreds of children and also encouraged few others to join her. She was not known to the outside world as she did her work silently. It was the Marathi film “Mee Sindhutai Sapkal” on her life and works in 2010 that made people to know her. She has been honoured for several times since then. Till date, she has given home and motherly care to more than 1000 children and some of these orphans have grown up to be doctors and lawyers. She uses all the money that she receives from charity in helping and providing education to orphans. Thus she has been rightly named the ‘Mother of Orphans’.