"There was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago". As per norms, any child or girl brought to a shelter home has to be reported to the CWC and any adoption done according to Central Adoption Resource Authority guidelines.
The Ranchi child welfare committee, whose FIR on Wednesday had unearthed the racket at Nirmal Hriday, on Friday also took 22 children, all aged below five and mostly girls, into its custody from Shishu Bhavan, another Missionaries of Charity-run shelter in Hinoo.
After confronting the charity's leaders about the missing baby, the organization contacted a family who had been sold the child for about $1,700.
Police are investigating the case.
The multiple arrests took place from July 3 to 4 and followed the couple's complaint that the charity worker had taken back the baby, a boy, and kept the couple's money.
The probe into the sale of babies at the Ranchi branch of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, or MoC, could be widened to cover other shelters run by the Kolkata-headquartered charity and other groups, a senior police officer in Jharkhand told NDTV after a woman worker and a nun at the Ranchi shelter were arrested.
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Police interrogated the Charity head, sisters and other staff. She said the committee had discovered that other babies were sold to people in different cities for 50,000-70,000 rupees.
The Missionaries of Charity opted to shut down its adoption services in India in 2015 after objecting to the Indian government's decision to allow single or divorced parents to adopt children. A few days after the surprise check, she called the UP couple to come back to complete formalities.
The couple complained to the Child Welfare Society after they failed to get the child.
"It is a disgusting story.we are all shocked". It should never have happened and it is completely against our moral convictions. "We will take all necessary precautions so that it never happens again". "The MIC is looking into the allegations against the accused employees in Jharkhand with all seriousness", Sunita Kumar, a spokesperson of the foundation said.
Born in Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia, Mother Teresa, canonised as a saint after her death in 1997, became a global symbol of compassion but she was also a controversial and divisive figure.
The Child Welfare Committee of the UNICEF is further probing the matter.