All Mother Teresa homes inspected amid baby-selling scandal

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

The chairwoman of Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Arti Kujur, said the state had formed teams to inspect all its shelter homes and hoped to receive their reports in early August.

Police say Balsa has confessed to her role in the trafficking case but the bishop of Ranchi, the Jharkhand state capital, said this week the confession was extracted under pressure and accused the police of "treating the whole of Mother Teresa's organisation as a criminal gang".

On July 3, Saurav and Preeti Agrawal from UP's Sonebhadra district approached the Ranchi Child Welfare Centre (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. "We are working to verify them".

Approximately 2,300 CCIs have been linked to the CARA since December 2017, while about 4,000 more are still pending for linkage.

Taking cognizance of the recent alleged child selling by Nirmal Hriday home in Jharkhand, Gandhi directed all state governments to ensure that all child care institutions are registered and linked to the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) within the next one month and directed the Nirmal Hriday homes be inspected.

Missionaries of Charity spokesperson Sunita Kumar declined to comment on the government statement.

Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity is under investigation by the Indian government over allegations of selling babies for adoption.

Teresa, who died in 1997, was recognized by the Vatican as a saint in 2016.

"There was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago", a spokeswoman for the order told the Catholic News agency.

The order she founded expanded internationally and went on to become best known for its care of the sick and dying, particularly with facilities such as the Home for the Dying Destitutes in Kolkata, in eastern India.

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