Baby-selling scandal in India made local police to start investigation Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, the government demands officials to inspect the charity’s centres across India, BBC reported on Tuesday.
The order came after a nun and an employee were arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling a baby in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The charity called the news nonsense and said it had begun investigating. It is worth to note that Mother Theresa shelters were involved in providing legal adoption services but in 2015 said it would close down its adoption centres due to new regulations that made it easier for single and divorced people to adopt children.
On Tuesday, India’s women and child welfare department released a statement, which instructed the states “to get childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity all over the country inspected immediately”.
Mother Theresa homes in India: Police investigation
Police arrested the two accused on 5 July after Jharkhand’s Child Welfare Committee registered a complaint that the infant was missing from the centre’s home for unmarried pregnant women. The baby, according to the police, had allegedly been sold to a couple who believed they were paying for the mother’s hospital expenses.
The Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity had said the incident was “against our moral conviction”.
“We will take all necessary precautions that it never happens again if it has happened,”
Sunita Kumar of the Missionaries of Charity told the BBC.