It was early 20th century, an uncharitable and unjust period in India when disadvantaged women found it very difficult to survive the bigotry of Indian society. Widowed and destitute women were exploited, persecuted and lived under the harsh and repressive cultural attitudes of the times.
Fighting against these injustices were social activists and philanthropists Shri Behramji Malabari and Diwan Dayaram Gidumal, who were determined to emancipate, educate, and empower those unfortunate women who were treated as outcasts of society. They founded Seva Sadan Society in 1908 in Mumbai as a refuge where impoverished and oppressed women of all communities could find protection, care, and a home where they could live a life of peace, respect, and dignity.
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