Indian gov't orders scrutiny of Mother Teresa's charity

Missionaries of Charity was founded in 1950 by Mother Teresa

Missionaries of Charity was founded in 1950 by Mother Teresa

Earlier this month authorities shut down a home run by the order in eastern Jharkhand state that provides shelter for pregnant, unmarried women after a nun and a worker there were arrested for baby trafficking.

Ashish Gupta reportedly said, "This was the last of the four children which the staff of Nirmal Hriday, Anima Indwar, confessed to selling".

The move comes after cases of alleged illegal adoptions carried out by the childcare homes run Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand came to light recently.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi ordered that child care homes run by Missionaries of Charity be inspected immediately, a government statement said Monday.

Police officer Aman Kumar told reporters a baby was born May 1 to a resident at the shelter and was handed to the Indian couple in Rachi on May 14. Indwar was arrested on 4 July.

Rupa Verma, chairperson of an organization run by the state government for children's welfare, said Indwar took the child away when the couple arrived.

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Senior superintendent of police (Ranchi) Anis Gupta said that Sister Konsalia, during interrogation, "confessed" that she had sold the three children to three people.

"We are getting many leads, but we can not divulge them as of now", police officer Anish Gupta told the Times of India.

The minister is expected to discuss this issue in the meeting of the Women and Child Development Ministers of States on July 17.

Police earlier this month arrested the nun and a worker at one of the Missionaries of Charity's homes in Ranchi, the capital of the eastern state of Jharkhand, over allegations that at least 5 infants were sold for potentially thousands of dollars.

Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, who was canonized two years ago, walk in annual Corpus Christi procession organized on the Feast of Christ the King in Kolkata, India, in 2016.

She received the Nobel Peace Prize for her charitable work in 1979 and Pope Francis declared her a saint previous year, two decades after her death.

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