New Delhi: The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry has ordered the immediate inspection of all the child care homes run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity across the country.
WCD minister Maneka Gandhi has also instructed the state governments to ensure that all the child care institutions are registered and linked to CARA within a month. CARA of the Central Adoption Resource Authority is India’s top adoption body.
This comes in the wake of allegations of illegal adoptions and child trafficking allegations against a Missionaries of Charity shelter home in Jharkhand. Earlier on July, a nun and a woman employee of the Nirmal Hriday in Ranchi (run by Mother Teresa’s charity) were arrested for allegedly selling babies for adoption.
The nun also confessed on camera about selling a baby for Rs 1.2 lakh. As per reports, four babies were missing from the Missionaries of Charity home in Ranchi. Fortunately, four babies were rescued by the police. The authorities claimed that three were sold while one was given away by the child care home.
Jharkhand child protection body chairperson said that the state had formed teams to inspect all its shelter homes. Reports of these inspections will be received in early August. He further stated that if they found any one operating such homes illegally, strong action will be taken.
According to the Juvenile Justice Act, it is mandatory for every shelter home dealing with children and their adoption to register and also link the organisation to the CARA. Ms Gandhi expressed displeasure that though 2,300 child care institutions are linked to CARA since December last year, the children available in these institutions are yet to be brought into the adotion system.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights state that there are over 2.3 lakh children in all child care institutions, both registered and unregistered ones.