Mother Teresa India homes in 'baby trade' investigation

Mother Teresa India homes in 'baby trade' investigation

Senior Superintendent of Police (Ranchi) Anis Gupta said that during interrogation, Sister Konsalia had "confessed" to selling the three children to three people.

NEW DELHI-India's government has ordered inspections of all centres run by Mother Teresa's charity following the arrest of a nun and a worker at one of its shelters for unwed mothers for allegedly selling a baby.

The baby, according to the police, had allegedly been sold to a couple who believed they were paying for the mother's hospital expenses.

Child care homes run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity across the country must be inspected immediately, the government instructed all states.

"There was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago", Samita Kumar, spokeswoman for the order, was quoted as saying by CNA.

The charity's superior general, Sister Prema MC, expressed regret at the recent incident and said the individual's actions had nothing to do with its congregation. "We are carefully looking into the matter".

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Nuns of Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa.

"We will take all necessary precautions that it never happens again, if it has happened", Sunita Kumar of the Missionaries of Charity told the BBC.

According to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, there are over 2.3 lakh children in all the child care institutions - registered and the unregistered ones - in the country.

Despite a waiting list of about 15,000 parents, only 2,671 adoptions took place between the beginning of 2016 and March this year because the process is notoriously slow, requiring a clearance from a court that can take up to four years to be delivered in India's overburdened legal system.

Officials admit they do not know the size of the market.

Police have confirmed that they are investigating at least three complaints, but the charity - which was set up by the famous missionary in Kolkata in 1950 - has denied that any children had been sold.

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