Mother Teresa Charity Employees Arrested For Allegedly Selling Babies In India

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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. "When the child was brought to the home, Indwar took the boy away".

"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.

A representative for the Missionaries of Charity said that the order stopped dealing with child adoption in India back in 2015.

A mentally challenged women, staying in a Missionaries of Charity facility on Jail Road here, delivered a baby Friday but sisters at the home insisted that the newborn should be left there only, the woman's mother alleged.

However, the nuns present then called up a couple from Uttar Pradesh who had allegedly bought the child for Rs 1.2 lakh.

Ranchi: Ranchi Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Shyamanand Mandal said the two nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, who were arrested earlier in the day on charges of child trafficking, sold four babies.

"We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre", a police official said, according to BBC.

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In regards to Mother Teresa's charity, authorities are taking a closer to see how many children and families have been affected.

The incident was highlighted after a CWC committee went on its regular inspection and noticed that a male child had gone missing from the center that was given birth just a few weeks ago.

The move comes two days after the chairperson of CWC's Ranchi unit, Rupa Verma, filed a complaint against Nirmal Hriday staffer Anima Indwar for allegedly selling an infant boy to a UP-based couple.

The Missionaries of Charity did not respond to calls for comment.

This isn't the first time that the Ranchi branch of Missionaries of Charity has faced such an allegation, Dr OP Singh, who took over as the head of the child welfare committee in 2013. It is completely against our moral convictions. "We suspect illegal adoption was going on here too", said Verma.

A spokesperson for Missionaries of Charity Sunita Kumar said their superior-general, Sister Prema, was away from the country and was expected back later this month. 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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