Missionaries of Charity come under scanner for selling babies, states told to open investigations immediately

Missionaries of Charity, baby selling scandal, Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, India, Sri Lanka

Missionaries of Charity is in deep soup.

Taking cognizance of the recent cases of babies selling and illegal adoptions carried out by Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand, the Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has instructed the states to get child care homes run by Missionaries of Charity all over the country inspected immediately.

She has directed state governments to ensure that all the child care institutions should be registered and linked to CARA within the next one month.

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In Sri Lanka too, Sister Mary Eliza, from the Missionaries of Charity, was sent to the prison in 2011, on the charge of selling children.

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The mandatory registration of CCIs and linking to Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) has been provided in Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 which came into force more than two years ago but some orphanages had challenged the validity of this clause.

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The Supreme Court has since dismissed the petitions and has upheld the validity, vide their order of December 2017.

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Since then, approximately 2300 child care institutions have been linked to CARA and about 4000 are still pending for linkage. Minister has also expressed displeasure that even the 2300 institutions that have been linked to CARA, the children available in these institutions have still not been brought into on the adoption system.

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The Minister is expected to take this issue very strongly in the meeting of the WCD Ministers of States scheduled to be held today.

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