Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

All Mother Teresa Care Homes To Be Inspected After Baby-Selling Scandal

All Mother Teresa Care Homes To Be Inspected After Baby-Selling Scandal

The sisterhood, headquartered in the eastern city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), also runs hospices, soup kitchens, schools, leper colonies and homes for abandoned children.

"The minister is expected to take up this matter very strongly in the meeting of the Women and Child Development ministers of states scheduled to be held on July 17, 2018", the press release added.

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.

Inspections must be carried out immediately at all child care homes run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity across the country, Women and Child Development (WCD) minister, Maneka Gandhi, has instructed all the state governments.

"We are completely shocked by what has happened in our home in Ranchi", a statement from the order said.

The charity had said the incident was "against our moral conviction".

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Missionaries of Charity discontinued adoptions in India in 2015, saying it disagreed with government rules that made it easier for single, divorced, and separated people to adopt children, according to ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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.

The scandal blew up after local child welfare authorities informed police about a newborn missing from the home, which is meant to care for unwed pregnant women and mothers in distress.

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