Jharkhand police have arrested one woman and two nuns of ‘missionaries of charity trust’ over charges of selling new born infants to rich couples. Many unwed mothers, give birth to their babies at the institution. The trust was founded by none other than noble laureate Mother Teresa.
Kotwali police station officer in-charge Shyamanand Madal said on Wednesday, “An FIR was lodged under Section 370 of IPC (exploitation) and three people were detained for questioning. One woman has now been placed under arrest and we have strong evidence against a nun in detention and she too could be arrested soon.”
A FIR was lodged after Child welfare commitee (CWC) of Ranchi, found a child missing from the institution when they went there for a regular inspection around a week back.
CWC member Pratima Tiwari said, “Missionaries of Charity’s Jail Road chapter gives shelter to unwed mothers who have no place to give birth to their babies. In one of our inspection trips to the institution, a week ago, we found that one male newborn was missing.”
When the CWC members questioned one of the nuns, she told them that the mother has taken him away. “We contacted the mother and she told us that she does not have the child. We followed this up with institution again. The sisters then called the UP-based family to whom they had sold the child for Rs 1.2 lakh,” Tiwari added. On Tuesday, the family approached CWC and told them that the institution took the money from them as ‘hospital fees’.
According to the sources, Anima Indwar, who is a worker at the organization has confessed about baby trafficking and has given a written list of five babies who were sold.
Social activist Baidnath Kumar said Missionaries of Charity stopped adoptions from their organization across India in October 2015, but their Ranchi-based wing continued to give away children. “If you visit the place, you can find one or two women at the gate enquiring about their children who were born there, but were not handed over to them. I got this information in 2016 and had informed the special branch back then. The organization has one wing in every district and each one of them should be investigated,” he said.