Catholic charity 'looking into' baby trafficking case in India

Lester Mason
July 7, 2018

Sister Koshleniea, the in-charge of the rescued girls' section who was detained on Tuesday, was formally arrested on Thursday for her alleged complicity in selling a newborn boy to a childless couple from Uttar Pradesh.

Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand is under fire because one of their employees sold a 14-day-old baby.

Police also recovered 140,000 rupees ($2,150; £1,625) from the centre, which is located in Jharkhand's capital, Ranchi.

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.

"If this was a lucrative trade, there is reason to believe other centres operated by MoC or other shelter homes also may be indulging in such activities", senior police officer RK Mallick told NDTV.

The CWC members later questioned the nuns present at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity over the missing child and were told that the mother had taken away the child.

According to a complaint filed with the police by committee chairperson, Rupa Verma, the woman then disappeared with the baby.

According to Mission of Charities spokesperson, Sunita Kumar, the organization did not approve of any adoptions that took place out of the home.

Speaking to PTI, the Chairperson of Ranchi CWC said, "The UP-based family claimed that Anima Indwar, who handed over the child to them on May 14, had called them up on July 1 and asked them to visit the shelter home for completing certain formalities".

The Missionaries of Charity were founded in 1950 in Kolkata, India, by Albanian Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, later Mother Teresa.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against the Missionaries of Charity for being involved in human trafficking by the CWC. We are carefully looking into this matter. She set up hospices, soup kitchens, schools, leper colonies and homes for abandoned children.

Kumar, in the statement, also clarified that the Missionaries of Charity had stopped putting up children for adoption three years ago.

An official with Missionaries of Charity said the group was shocked to discover what was happening at its Jharkland center, which was meant to provide shelter for pregnant unmarried women.

The couple came into contact with Indwar through a relative in Ranchi before handing over the money, The New Indian Express reported.

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