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Baba Amte’s Granddaughter, Activist Dr Sheetal Amte-Karajgi Dies By Suicide: Report

Sheetal Amte-Karajgi Father-in-law

Legendary social worker late Baba Amte’s granddaughter and social activist Dr Sheetal Amte-Karajgi reportedly died by suicide, on Monday. Karajgi allegedly died by consuming poison at Anandwan in Chandrapur.

Dr Sheetal Amte-Karajgi was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and board member of a non-profit organisation, Maharogi Sewa Samiti (Leprosy Services Committee) at Warora and has been helping people disadvantaged by leprosy in Maharashtra. The senior social worker, reportedly on Monday, ended her life by taking poison at her residence in Anandvan. She was rushed to the hospital, however, doctors declared her dead. Her body has been sent for post-mortem, reported Deccan Herald.

As per reports, she was under stress for the last few days.

According to Mumbai Mirror, a few days ago, she had made serious allegations about the trustees and activists of the leprosy service committee in Anandvan through a live video on Facebook, which was later deleted. She alleged irregularities in Maharogi Seva Samiti (MSS) but removed the post within two hours. Later, a statement issued by the Amte family denied the allegations.

Earlier, in a statement, the Amte family stated that Sheetal has been contributing to the work done by the organisation, “she, however, is currently facing mental stress and depression,” according to an Indian Express report.

In her last post on Twitter today morning, she wrote, “War and Peace” sharing image of an acrylic painting along with the caption.

Actor turned politician Urmilla Matondkar wrote in a tweet that she was “saddened n shocked” to hear about Amte-Karajgi’s death.

About Dr Sheetal Amte-Karajgi

Dr Sheetal Amte-Karajgi was an Indian public health expert, a certified doctor, disability specialist, and social entrepreneur, according to her Linkedin profile. She was the granddaughter of the popular social worker and activist Baba Amte, who was honoured with the Padma Shri Award in 1971. At present, his charity and social work are being carried on by his two sons. Sheetal is the daughter of Dr Vikas and Dr Bharti Amte. She has been recognised for her commendable work among leprosy patients. Under her leadership, MSS has helped over 2.7 million marginalised people in India. MSS was founded by Baba Amte in 1949.

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In January 2016, she was selected by World Economic Forum as ‘Young Global Leader’ for the year and later was selected as a Member of World Economic Forum Expert Network on Humanitarian Response.

Feature Image Credit: Dr Sheetal Amte-Karajgi/Facebook

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