New Delhi, July 17: Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday ordered all the states to inspect the child care homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, all over the country, in view of the recent child-selling scandal reported from a Mother Teresa institution in Jharkhand’s Ranchi.
“Taking cognisance of the recent cases of illegal adoptions carried out by Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand, Maneka Gandhi has instructed the states to get childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity all over the country inspected immediately,” the ministry said in the statement.
The state has formed teams to inspect all the shelter homes. The chairwoman of Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Arti Kujur, said that the reports of all the care homes are expected in early August. “If we find anyone operating such homes illegally, strong action will be taken,” she said.
According to the Ministry, Gandhi has directed the states to ensure that all the child care institutions (CCIs) are registered and linked to the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) within a month. The mandatory registration of CCIs and linking to CARA came into force more than two years ago. Some orphanages had however challenged its validity.
The Jharkhand police on July 5 arrested a nun and a staff member on the charges of selling a baby for Rs 1 lakh alleged by a Ranchi unit of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). As per the FIR, a baby, born to a pregnant girl staying in the Charity Home, was sold to a childless couple from Uttar Pradesh.
Police questioned two nuns — Konsilia and Meridian — upon which, they admitted to their crime. Police have also shifted 13 pregnant girls staying in the charity home. Earlier this month, the authorities had shut down a centre after the arrest of the nun and a staff member of Ranchi unit in the child trafficking case.
The fourth baby missing in the Ranchi child trafficking case was recovered by Police on Sunday from a staff and nun of the shelter home run by Mother Teresa founded Missionaries of Charity. The six-month-old baby was allegedly sold for Rs 50,000, a news agency reported. According to police, six newborn babies have been sold to childless couple in the last one year.