Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries Of Charity has come under the scanner of the Government after the arrest of a nun, who is a member and employee of a Ranchi-based organization affiliated to Missionaries Of Charity, for selling a baby for Rs 1.2 lakh.
Following the incident, which has brought castigation from different sections of the society, Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi has ordered all state governments to inspect all childcare homes run by Missionaries Of Charity (MC).
Gandhi also stated that all child care institutions should be linked to and registered under the country’s apex adoption body Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) within a month.
According to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children Act), 2015, registration of Child Care Institutions and their registration under Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is mandatory, but this had remained unattended to due to a protest by some orphanages who had challenged the cause.
It should also be noted that since 2015 the Missionaries Of Charity, as a general policy had stopped giving children for adoption in India because they do not accept of the New Delhi government’s guidelines that make it possible also for singles and couples of the same sex.
In response to the July 5 incident, where Sister Concilia was allegedly involved in selling a baby in exchange of money, the Missionaries of Charity had issued a clear statement expressing their shock and condemning the incident. They had also ensured necessary precautions to avoid any such incident in the future.
Happenings that have followed at the aftermath of the July-5 incident have added to the problems of the Missionaries Of Charity. The Chief of Police has asked the Central Government of New Delhi to freeze all the bank accounts of the Missionaries Of Charity.
Not only this, the Indian public opinion has again shifted towards the theses of English journalist Christopher Hitchens who had accused Mother Teresa of exploiting poverty in India.
Telesphore Bilung, Auxilary Bishop of Ranchi has accused that the local government, under the influence of Hindu Nationalists is trying to prove that Christians are linked to illegal activities.
Of the Child Care Institutions (CCIs), which have 2,32,937 children under them, 2,300 are linked to the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) and 4,000 more are still pending linkage.