Seva Sadan Society was founded in 1908 by two gentlemen, Shri Behramji Malbari and Diwan Dayaram Gidumal, who were not only good friends, but were also eminent social activists and philanthropists of their time.

Shri Behramji Malbari was born in 1853 in Baroda, to an impoverished family and was orphaned at the young age of 12. What he lacked in financial resources was compensated by a sharp mind, a thirst for learning and the will to succeed against the odds. And succeed he did. He worked himself out from poverty and rose to be a celebrated poet, a journalist and publisher of the highly respected newspaper, The Indian Spectator.

founderHe used the power of his pen to influence the British Government as well as the society at large, to bring about social reforms, particularly for women.

His endeavour to fight for injustice against women was supported with equal fervour by his lifelong friend and biographer, Diwan Dayaram Gidumal, a man of great intellectual and moral strength, a scholar and a reputed Judge. Both believed in selfless social service and were determined to take up the cause against the exploitation of women. To change and redress the harsh and regressive attitudes towards women became their life’s passion.

They became dedicated social activists against malpractices against widows and ‘infant marriages’ of the girl child, and were successful in legally raising the age of the girls for marriage.

founder In 1908, the two friends founded Seva Sadan Society and endowed two beautiful buildings in the heart of the city as home and a refuge for the distressed and unfortunate women. They envisioned it to be a place where destitute and persecuted women could find shelter and care and could live in peace, away from the repressive cultural attitudes of society.

A century later, the Seva Sadan Society continues to work tirelessly for the welfare and empowerment of disadvantaged girls and women.