MoC clarifies on baby-selling scandal

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:33:20 AM IST
Missionaries of Charity (MOC), Kolkata has expressed grief by the recent developments at Missionaries of Charity Home - Nirmal Hriday at East Jail Road, Ranchi. 
In a statement MOC, Superior General, Sr. M. Prema MC expressed “regret, sorrow and condemnation of individual actions” which she said has nothing to do with the congregation of the MOC. 
They also expressed their disappointment with the false news being circulated against the organization. According to the statement, Sr. Concelia MC was appointed as the sister-in-charge of the ‘unwed mothers’ section at Nirmal Hriday on June 6, 2017. She was therefore responsible for admission, hospitalization, counseling, record keeping, accompanying mothers and babies to CWC, when necessary and for discharge of the unwed mothers from the Home. 
While Sister Concelia was in-charge of ‘unwed mothers’ at Ranchi, Anima Indwar would escort the unwed mothers, their babies and their guardians to hospitals and CWC office.
On June 29, 2018, at around 12.30 pm, the Child Protection Officer, Seema and other Social Welfare officers, about five of them, went to Nirmal Hriday and seized the registers and records maintained by Nirmal Hriday without providing the receipt for such seizure to the home.
On July 3, when Anima Indwar was summoned by CWC, she admitted that Karishma Toppo’s child was not surrendered to CWC. Upon such admission, she was handed over to the police by CWC. 
On July 4, Sr. Concelia MC and Sr. Marie Deanne MC, Superior of Nirrnal Hriday were also questioned by the police and Sr. Concelia was arrested by the police. 
Sr. M. Prema said on the same evening, CWC along with Child Protection Officer, Seema without serving any notice to Nirmal Hriday, carried away the 11 unwed mothers. 
On July 6, the CWC and police took away 22 children from another Missionaries home in Ranchi, Shishu Bhavan, Sister Prema added. 
One of the babies “was very ill” and admitted in the ICU at Rani Hospita, the statement added. 
The statement further said that it was distressing that CWC has meted out such treatment to a Home which its officials themselves had described as having an “excellent environment for the care of children” only about two weeks before. 
Despite of such unprecedented and unfounded criticism, the Congregation of Missionaries of Charity vowed to continue their whole-hearted and free service to the poorest of the poor, by serving the needy and vulnerable.

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