Maneka Gandhi orders states to inspect all Mother Teresa child-care homes

Maneka Gandhi orders states to inspect all Mother Teresa child-care homes

The third of the four children allegedly "sold" by the shelter home was rescued by the police from Simdega on Wednesday and was returned over to his adoptive parents the next day. The center provides shelter for unmarried, pregnant women.

The "racket" came to light after a female employee of Nirmal Hriday, Anima Indwar, and Sister Konsalia, who was in-charge of the local shalter, were arrested on the charge of selling a child born to a minor inmate of the shelter home earlier in July.

The last of the four babies - all sold within the past year, according to Indian news station NDTV - was a six-month-old boy who changed hands for about $730.

India's NDTV cites an unnamed police source as saying all four babies were sold within the past year. The newspaper said that he was bought by a couple living near Ranchi.

This is an outcome of the recent allegations of child trafficking and illegal adoption in a child-care home run by the Charity in Jharkhand that was reportedly involved in selling three children for money and giving away a fourth child.

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The Missionaries of Charity were founded in 1950 in Kolkata, by Albanian Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, who became known as Mother Teresa. She died in 1997 at 87. "It should have never happened".

Sister Mary Prema, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, has already stated that the congregation would investigate something that "goes against our moral convictions", and that they would take steps to prevent anything like this happening in the future. "We are carefully looking into the matter".

The Missionaries of Charity stopped facilitating adoptions in India in 2015 after government reforms that removed obstacles for single, divorced or separated people to adopt children.

"If we find any one operating such homes illegally, strong action will be taken", the ABC reported Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Chairwoman Arti Kujur said. However some estimates on the number of orphans in the country are as high as 30 million, the Guardian reports.

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