Sindhutai Sapkal (Social Worker) Wiki, Age, Death Cause, Achievements, Biography & More

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Sindhutai Sapkal (Social Worker) Wiki, Age, Death Cause, Achievements, Life Struggle and More

Sindhutai Sapkal is an Indian social worker. She is known as the “Mother of Orphans” and especially does the work of raising and nurturing orphan children in India. In the year 2016, Sindhutai was awarded a doctorate in literature by the DY Patil Institute of Technology and Research for her social service work. Padma Shri awardee Sindhutai Sapkal passed away at the age of 73 in Pune (Maharashtra) on 4 January 2022 due to a heart attack.

Birth & Early Life

Sindhutai was born on 14 November 1948 in Wardha district of Maharashtra to a cattle herder family. Her father’s name was Abhimanji Sandhe. Born in a poor family, she had to wear chindi (Marathi word for torn piece of cloth). Her father was keen to educate Sindhutai and used to send her to school on the pretext of grazing cattle. Being financially weak, he could not even afford a slate. Hence she used the leaves of Bhaddi tree as a slate. She was forced to leave studies due to poor financial condition, family responsibilities and child marriage. Sindhutai studied only till 4th class.


Real NameSindhutai Sapkal
ProfessionSocial Worker
Date of Birth14 November 1948
Birth PlaceWardha district, Maharashtra
Death4 January 2022
Death PlacePune, Maharashtra
Age73 Years
Home TownWardha district, Maharashtra
FamilyMother : Not Available
Father : Abhiman Sandhe
Sister : Not Available
Brother : Not Available
Husband : Shrihari Sapkal


Sindhutai became pregnant at the age of twenty, an enraged landlord spread disgusting rumors of infidelity (the child is someone else’s), which eventually led to Sindhutai being thrown out of her community. Her husband scolded her badly in such a critical condition and threw her out of the house. The same night, she was feeling extremely disappointed and bewildered and gave birth to her daughter in a cowshed. She somehow struggled to reach her ancestral home, but faced similar rejection from her mother. She somehow struggled to reach her ancestral home, but faced similar rejection from her mother.


Sindhutai resorted to begging on roads and railway stations to meet her needs. During the struggle for survival, Sindhutai came to Chikaldara in Maharashtra, where a tiger conservation project was carried out and as a result of which 24 tribal villages were evacuated. She decided to raise his voice against this dire condition of the helpless tribal people. Later her persistent efforts were recognized by the Forest Minister, who ordered the creation of relevant alternative rehabilitation systems for the tribal villagers.

Situations like these exposed Sindhutai to the harsh realities of life such as abuse, poverty and homelessness. During this time she was surrounded by numbers of orphaned children and helpless women and settled in the society. Sindhutai adopted these children and worked tirelessly to satisfy their hunger. To save herself from being partial to her daughter, Sindhutai sent her daughter to a trust in Pune for the sake of her adopted children.

Education Details and More

SchoolNot Known
Educational Qualification4th Standard
Active Years1980-2022
AwardsPadma Shri (2021)
Nari Shakti Puraska (2017)
Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice (2013)
Ahilyabai Holkar Award (2010)
and many more

Some Facts About Sindhutai Sapkal

  • Sindhutai Sapkal was born in Wardha district of Maharashtra.
  • When Sindhutai was only ten years old, when she was married to a man 10 years older than her, Shrihari Sapkal.
  • Her life was full of challenges. Despite being a victim of child marriage, young Sindhutai was optimistic about life. Rather, her enthusiasm for helping the sensitive and the abuser in retribution grew.
  • After marriage, she stood up against the exploitation of women by landlords and forest officials.
  • Sindhutai built her first ashram in Chikaldara after many years of hard work. She visited many cities and villages to raise funds for his ashrams.
  • She had adopted 1200 children, who fondly call her ‘Maai’. Many of them are now working as doctors and lawyers at respected places.
Sindhutai Sapkal with Orphan Children
  • Anant Mahadevan’s 2010 Marathi film “Mee Sindhutai Sapkal” is a biopic inspired by the true story of Sindhutai Sapkal. The film was selected for its world premiere at the 54th London Film Festival.
  • Sindhutai has remarkably demonstrated how adversity can bring out the best in you. Even after being born in independent India, she was a victim of social atrocities existing in the Indian society. Taking lessons from his life, she built six orphanages for orphans in Maharashtra, providing them food, education and shelter. The organizations run by him also helped the helpless and homeless women.
Sindhutai Sapkal with Orphan Children
  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented an award to Sindhutai for women empowerment during the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017 ceremony, on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Sindhutai Sapkal at Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017
  • She was appeared as a special guest in the special Karmvir episode of the quiz show, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Actor and host Amitabh Bachchan welcome her by touching her feet and asked her about her fascination for pink sarees.

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