Authorities in Indiana shut down a Mother Teresa charity shelter after one of the nuns reportedly sold a newborn baby for profit. Detectives think additional babies may have also been sold.
BBC News reports that an An Indian couple said they paid 120,000 rupees ($2,354 U.S. dollars) for a newborn baby they obtained from a Missionaries of Charity home, in eastern India’s state of Jharkhand. The charity provides a home for pregnant and unwed females. The couple said they thought they were paying for hospital expenses.
The couple told authorities they paid a woman named Anima Indwar, who worked at the shelter. The couple filed a complaint after the Indwar allegedly kept their money and took the baby boy back from them. Authorities arrested Indwar and another charity worker at the home. Police uncovered 100,000 hidden rupees after arresting the pair.
“The U.P.-based family claimed that Anima Indwar, who handed over the child to them on May 14, called them up on July 1 and asked them to visit the shelter home for completing certain formalities. When the child was brought to the home, Indwar took the boy away,” a Ranchi Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairperson told The Hindu.
Anima Indwar, the employee of Nirmal Hriday, was apprehended based on a complaint filed by Rupa Verma, the chairperson of Child Welfare Committee’s Ranchi unit https://t.co/I7nj1aZU91
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) July 5, 2018
Authorities are now investigating an additional three other complaints of Indwar reportedly selling babies from the shelter. Mission of Charities is said to also be investigating the complaints.
“We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre,” a police official said, according to BBC. “We have obtained the names of the mothers of these babies and are further investigating.”
According to Mission of Charities spokesperson, Sunita Kumar, the organization did not approve of any adoptions that took place out of the home. She indicated that Mission of Charities stopped organizing adoptions three years ago, in 2015.
“There was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago.”
According to CWC, Niraj Sinha, several other babies were sold for 50,000-70,000 rupees.
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