Mother Teresa’s charity accused of selling babies in Jharkhand, 1 arrested

Ranchi: Sister of 'Missionaries of Charity' arrested for illegal child trade

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".

She said they also wrote to the sub-divisional officer (SDO) for shifting 70 mentally and physically challenged inmates from Nirmal Hriday. Indwar reportedly took the child away when the couple arrived.

A mother and baby home in India set up by Mother Teresa has been accused of selling babies off to married couples.

Police on July 4 gather outside the premises of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in India.

She said the CWC carried out an inspection on June 29, and Anima called up the family the next day and asked them to come to the shelter home with the adopted the child on July 1 for completing some legal formalities.

Saurabh Kumar Agarwal and wife Priti claimed they had paid Rs 1.20 lakh to Nirmal Hriday on May 1 after which they were handed over a baby boy on May 14.

A woman employee and incharge of a shelter home for minor girls run by Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi's Kotwali have been arrested for alleged involvement in selling children.

The arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday followed the couple's complaint the charity worker had taken back the baby boy and kept their money.

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"We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre", a police official told BBC Hindi's Niraj Sinha."We have obtained the names of the mothers of these babies and are further investigating".

The child is now in a government shelter for children.

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. We are carefully looking into the matter.

Missionary of Charity sister prays the Rosary.

The scandal blew up four years later after the local child welfare authorities this week informed the police about a new-born missing from the home that was meant to care for unwed pregnant women and mothers in distress.

Social activist Baidnath Kumar told The Times of India that she knows of several other mothers who have had their children taken away and allegedly sold by Missionaries of Charity.

A statement issued by the Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Calcutta said: "We are completely shocked by what has happened in our home".

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