Mother Teresa charity home ‘sold babies’ in India; two charged

07 July, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Mother Teresa was a missionary nun who became a global symbol of compassion

On July 3, Saurav and Preeti Agrawal from UP's Sonebhadra district approached the CWC with a complaint that Indwar, who allegedly sold them a newborn boy in May, had taken back the child on the pretext of completing court formalities and had returned him.

The home in eastern India's Jharkhand state is run by Missionaries of Charity, an order set up by Mother Teresa.

Officer in charge of Kotwali Police Station asserting the arresting of Anima Indwar said that Rs 65000 has also been recovered from her possession.

Verma also clarified that Indwar had called up the couple a day after the Child Welfare Committee carried out a surprise check at Nirmal Hriday and seized important documents. "It is nearly impossible that the racket was happening without her knowledge, but we need evidence", the officer said.

At least four such children have illegally been sold out by them so far, he added.

The police arrested Anima Indwar, an employee at Nirmal Hriday, on Wednesday based on a complaint filed by Child Welfare Committee's Ranchi unit chairperson, Rupa Verma.

A statement issued by the Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Calcutta said: "We are completely shocked by what has happened in our home".

The charity also cares for unwed pregnant women and mothers in distress.

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A couple from Uttar Pradesh had contacted the committee, saying that the shelter had given them a baby boy after they paid 120,000 rupees (about $1,742) as "hospital charges".

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 S$1,700.

The Missionaries of Charity was founded by Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa in 1950 and the sisterhood has more than 3000 nuns worldwide.

"There was no question of selling any child, as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago", said Samita Kumar, spokeswoman for the order. "We are carefully looking into the matter".

The Missionaries of Charity have not responded to calls for comment. "We will take necessary precautions if anything like this has happened".

Spokesperson Sunita Kumar said the Missionaries of Charity was investigating.

An official with Missionaries of Charity said the group was shocked to discover what was happening at its Jharkland center, which was meant to provide shelter for pregnant unmarried women.

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