Charity shocked after babies ‘sold’ for adoption scandal

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Authorities made the arrests after the state's Child Welfare Committee registered a complaint. The charity provides a home for pregnant and unwed females.

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

"What these people did - for around 100,000 to 120,000 rupees, they sold the baby to a couple when the baby was less than a month old, sometimes straight from the hospital", he said.

The pair were initially charged with human trafficking - punishable by up to five years in prison - but police said they could face more charges as investigations widen.

The couple told police that Indwar called them on July 1 and asked them to visit the shelter with the baby to complete some formalities. "In one of our inspection trips to the institution, a week ago, we found that one male newborn was missing", Tiwari said.

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.

A day after sister Koshleniea, in-charge of Nirmal Hriday, run by the Missionaries of Charity (MC), was arrested for allegedly selling a new-born baby, Ranchi's child welfare committee (CWC) on Friday evacuated the Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, another shelter home run by MC in the state capital, and shifted 22 children to an undisclosed place.

Neither the charity, nor the Child Welfare Committee, responded to a request for comment. The complainant said they bought the child for Rs 1.20 lakh. It is completely against our moral conviction. "But if it has happened, we must look into it". The Missionaries of Charity ended its own involvement because it opposed adoptions to single women or unmarried couples.

"We hear that babies are being sold in other homes as well and are determined to put a stop to it", he said. Kumar claims that the charity had never taken money from parents while arranging adoptions in the past.

According to Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anish Gupta, the FIR was lodged by the Child Welfare Society against the Missionaries of Charities on Wednesday.

"We are now investigating the sale of a newborn baby to a couple in Uttar Pradesh for 120,000 rupees", CWC chairman Rupa Kumari told the BBC. We are carefully looking into this matter and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure that such an episode should never happen again, if it has.

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