peaking out for the first time since the baby-selling scandal broke out at its shelter home in Ranchi, the head of Missionaries of Charity(MoC), Sister Prema on Tuesday blamed “individual action” while condemning the recent episode in Jharkhand.
A three-page statement issued by the Superior General of MoC who heads the worldwide congregation of over five thousand Christian nuns said, “We are deeply saddened and grieved by the recent developments at Missionaries of Charity home – Nirmal Hriday…We wish to express regret and sorrow for what happened and desire to express in unequivocal terms our condemnation of individual actions which have nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity.”
In the statement, MoC alleges that “myths were being spread, information being distorted, false news being diffused and baseless innuendos” were being thrown about regarding Mother Teresa’s sisters.
While blaming MoC staff Anima Indwar for her “individual action”, MoC has accused the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Ranchi of not giving any “acknowledgement” when it received infants born of unwed mothers at Nirmal Hriday for adoption.
“Neither Nirmal Hriday nor the Sisters had any way to ascertain whether the child was actually surrendered to CWC. This is because CWC as a matter of practice did not give any acknowledgement to the Home after obtaining custody of a child from an unwed mother,” it said.
The statement claims, Anima Indwar along with the mother of the infant who was sold and her guardian had taken the baby out of Nirmal Hriday to surrender it before the CWC and that no sisters were involved in the process.
“Mrs Anima Indwar began working at Nirmal Hriday from January 2012. Initially, she worked as a ward helper and then as a staff member to care for the unwed mothers. She learnt the work very well and ably assisted Sr. Concelia MC. Mrs Anima Indwar thus came to enjoy the trust of the Sisters at Nirmal Hriday. As and when Sr. Concelia MC got engaged in pressing responsibilities, Mrs Anima Indwar would escort the unwed mothers, their babies and their guardians to Sadar hospital, RIMS and CWC office as was required, by herself,” the statement clarified.
However, Sister Prema has not offered any explanation for Sister Concelia’s reported “confession” to the police captured on video where both Anima and the arrested nun is seen accepting charges of selling four infants to childless couples in Jharkhand in exchange of money.
The statement has also questioned the treatment meted out by the CWC who had called the Home an “excellent environment for the care of children” just weeks before. The MoC has said the CWC carried away unwed mothers and their children from the Home without any prior notice and subjected them to humiliation by escorting them in full view of media. They have further alleged that one of the babies taken fell sick in the custody of CWC and had to be submitted to the ICU.
Earlier this month, Missionaries of Charity’s Shishu Bhawan at Hinoo was raided by the CWC and the police, taking all the children in the shelter home in their custody.
Subsequently, it was found that a staff of the organisation allegedly sold infants born to unmarried women, without the knowledge of the CWC.
Two nuns were also arrested in regards to the same, who later confessed to the crime.
News credit : Indiatoday