Arrested Missionaries of Charity nuns sold four babies: Ranchi DSP

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Ranchi: Sister of 'Missionaries of Charity' arrested for illegal child trade

The arrests were made on the basis of a complaint filed by Rupa Verma yesterday, the chairperson of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Ranchi district, they said. Many turn to charities such as Mother Teresa's for shelter during their pregnancies.

Spokesperson Sunita Kumar said the Missionaries of Charity was investigating. The couple said they thought they were paying for hospital expenses.

Police official Niraj Sinha backed up Kumar's claims, saying: "We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the center", BBC reported.

"We are investigating to see how the operation was run and how many more children have been given away in the last few years". On Friday, the CWC took into its custody 13 minor girls and 22 children lodged in two centres run by Missionaries of Charity.

A nun and another employee of Mother Teresa's charity in India have been arrested after child welfare authorities accused them of selling a baby and are suspected in the sale of three other infants.

Both Nirmal Hriday and Shishu Niketan are run by Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity.

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The tip that led to the arrest came from a couple angry that they paid the requested fee, but shelter worker Anima Indwar took the baby back after money changed hands.

At the time of the arrest, there were a dozen pregnant women living at the shelter, who have now been transferred to a government-run home.

Indwar reportedly sold the baby to the couple on May 14, according to the Press Trust of India news agency (PTI). On July 1, Anima asked them to come to the shelter on the pretext of completing formalities, apparently panicking over a child panel inspection.

The Missionaries of Charity, which is facing charges of selling newborns to childless couples, has not been able to provide records of births by 280 women at its various homes here, police said Saturday.

"We are completely shocked by what has happened in our home in Ranchi", a statement from the Missionaries of Charity read. We are carefully looking into this matter and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure that such an episode should never happen again, if it has. She explained that the sisters did not accept money for adoptions when they previously administered them. The Missionaries of Charity ended its own involvement because it opposed adoptions to single women or unmarried couples.

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