Sindhutai To Be Cremated Today, PM Modi Gives Condolence

Mumbai: Senior social activist and Padma Shri Awardee Sindhutai Sapkal took her last breadth yesterday (January 4). Sindhutai Sapkal’s body will be cremated today (January 5) in the afternoon around 12 PM at Government Itama in Pune. On her demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing condolence said that she will always be remembered for her social work.

PM Modi tweeted  “Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal will be remembered for her noble service to society. Due to her efforts, many children could lead a better quality of life. She also did a lot of work among marginalised communities. Pained by her demise. Condolences to her family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on her demise tweeted, “My condolences on the demise of Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal. She will be remembered as ‘Maai’ to the many orphans she took care of. Her extensive work for the rights and rehabilitation of the Adivasi communities will remain a source of inspiration for generations to come.”

President of India Ramnath Kovind tweeted, “The life of Dr Sindhutai Sapkal was an inspiring saga of courage, dedication and service. She loved & served orphaned, tribals and marginalised people. Conferred with Padma Shri in 2021, she scripted her own story with incredible grit. Condolences to her family and followers.”

Sindhutai had undergone hernia surgery just a month ago. She was being treated at the hospital. Sindhutai suffered a heart attack. 

Sapkal, who was popularly referred to as “Mai”, ran an orphanage – Sanmati Bal Niketan Sanstha – in Pune near Hadapsar. Sapkal had adopted more than 1,000 orphan children over her long career and has received several awards for her social service.

In 2010, a Marathi biopic of Sapkal titled ‘Mi Sindhutai Sapkal Boltey’ was released in Maharashtra.

Sindhutai Sapkal was born on 14th November 1947 at Navargaon in Wardha district of Maharashtra. Sindhutai Sapkal’s parents named her Chindhi. Sindhutai’s education is up to 4th. In 1994, Sindhutai established an organization called ‘Mamta Bal Sadan’ for orphans in Purandar taluka of Pune. Through this organization, Sindhutai worked for orphans. Sindhutai Sapkal has received nearly 750 international and national awards.

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