All Mother Teresa Care Homes To Be Inspected After Baby-Selling Scandal

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2018

A nun and a woman employee of the Nirmal Hriday in Ranchi, run by Mother Teresa's charity, were arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling babies for adoption.The racket at the Ranchi branch triggered a state-wide crackdown on shelter homes, particularly those run by the Missionaries of Charity.

The minister is expected to discuss this issue in the meeting of the Women and Child Development Ministers of States on July 17.

The third of the four children allegedly "sold" by the shelter home, who was rescued by the police from Simdega on Wednesday, was handed over to his adoptive parents.

According to CWC officials, Indwar had admitted in writing that she sold two more children to couples in Morabadi and Kanta Toli in Ranchi for Rs 50,000 each, said officials.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has ordered all the states to get the child-care homes run by the Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity (MoC) inspected immediately, after cases of alleged illegal adoptions carried out by the homes came to light recently.

The charity called the news "shocking" and said it had begun investigating. "It should have never happened".

The charity had said the incident was "against our moral conviction". "We are carefully looking into the matter".

Political leaders in West Bengal state, where the order is based, have also claimed the case is part of an anti-Christian agenda pushed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata party, which has a Hindu nationalist ideology.

The Missionaries of Charity stopped organising adoptions in India in 2015 saying they disagreed with government rules that made it easier for single, divorced, and separated people to adopt children.

There has been a number of reports of babies and children being trafficked through charity-run homes and hospitals in India, which campaigners say is driven by a long waiting list for adoption. The result is a thriving and lucrative hidden market in babies.

India's NDTV cites an unnamed police source as saying all four babies were sold within the previous year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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