Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

More cases of baby sales by Mother Teresa's India charity

More cases of baby sales by Mother Teresa's India charity

One nun and another staff member were reportedly arrested on the grounds at the Mission of Charity in Jharkhand for allegedly selling a baby to an Indian couple for around $1,700, The Daily Mail noted.

"Since MC's shelter is involved in selling newborn baby, the CWC has chose to write to the government for closure of both the shelters and blacklist Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi", the CWC chairperson said.

The social welfare department grants licence to a shelter under provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Child Care and Protection) Act, 2000.

The child panel, which on Wednesday shifted 16 rescued girls to a state shelter in Namkum, said it was yet to decide how and where to relocate the 70-odd inmates before sealing the facility on Jail Road. "When they did not find Anima around, they went to the Missionaries of Charity but were not entertained by the following which the couple approached us and the matter was disclosed", she said. The police have come across four instances at the shelter home where infants were sold for about Rs 1.2 lakh each but say there could be more.

'They were selling more babies than what they were handing over to authorities, said Baidnath Kumar, a Ranchi-based child rights activist who had filed complaints against the home.

The charity home is part of the mission for children and unwed mothers of the Missionaries of Charity founded by St. Teresa of Kolkata in 1950. "But if it has happened, we must look into it".

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Earlier this week, child welfare authorities informed police about a newborn missing from the home.

The staff said initially that the baby was taken by her unwed mother but then police found evidence that the two suspects sold the child to a couple from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state for almost $1,700.

One religious sister and an employee are under suspicion of selling a baby from a shelter for unwed mothers.

Although she was famous for giving aid to the poor in India and around the world, her legacy is disputed. The Missionaries of Charity also runs centres for unmarried pregnant women but no longer arranges adoptions.

- via Getty Images Indian police gathered outside Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity on Wednesday.

Kumar, in the statement, also clarified that the Missionaries of Charity had stopped putting up children for adoption three years ago. "We will take all necessary precautions that it never happens again if it has happened", said MoC spokeswoman Sunita Kumar.

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