Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity investigated over baby trafficking concerns

Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity investigated over baby trafficking concerns

The move comes after cases of alleged illegal adoptions carried out by the childcare homes run Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand came to light recently.

Rupa Verma, chairperson of an organization run by the state government for children's welfare, said Indwar took the child away when the couple arrived. One six-month-old boy, who had been sold for $1000, has since been located and returned to his mother. SSP Gupta stated that sister Konsalia, who was arrested on July 5, confessed to the selling of three babies to three persons.

In a statement late Monday, July 16, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said all state governments have been asked "to get child care homes run by Missionaries of Charity all over the country inspected immediately".

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Gandhi also directed the states to ensure that all the child-care institutions (CCIs) were registered and linked to the country's apex adoption body within a month.

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

Missionaries of Charity spokeswoman Sunita Kumar could not provide an immediate comment to Reuters.

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The Missionaries of Charity stopped facilitating adoptions in India in 2015 after government reforms that removed obstacles for single, divorced or separated people to adopt children.

India is investigating Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity amid allegations that it has been selling babies.

It insists that even when it did process adoptions, it never accepted money for them. Karat's statement came on a day when the Missionaries of Charity issued a statement expressing regret and sorrow for the child selling incident at its Nirmal Hriday home in Ranchi.

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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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