Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called the human trafficking allegations against a nun of the Missionaries of Charity an attempt to malign the name of Mother Teresa. And she has blamed the BJP for it. The Catholic church, too, has vehemently criticised the police investigation of the organisation, undertaken after orders from Jharkhand’s BJP Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
The Missionaries of Charity has its headquarters in Kolkata, a city where Mother Terasa’s footprint is writ large. The Albanian missionary, who was canonised two years ago, has lived a large part of her life in Kolkata, and died there more than a decade ago.
As the controversy over baby trafficking, allegedly by a nun and an employee of the Jharkhand unit of Missionaries of Charity grew, the Bengal Chief Minister today tweeted:
Mother Teresa herself set up Missionaries of Charity. And now they are also not being spared. Malicious attempts to malign their name. The Sisters are being targeted. #BJP want to spare no one. Highly condemnable. Let MOC continue to do their work for the poorest of the poor
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 12, 2018
Earlier authorities said they have sealed a home run by Mother Teresa’s religious order and charged a nun and one other person with baby trafficking.
“They have said that at least five to six babies have been sold to childless couples,” police officer Aman Kumar told Reuters in a phone interview.
“We are investigating to see how the operation was run and how many more children have been given away in the last few years.”
An Indian couple claimed they paid 120,000 rupees ($2,354) to Anima Indwar, who worked at the shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity, said Mr Kumar.
The arrests of the nun and another worker on Tuesday and Wednesday followed the couple’s complaint the charity worker had taken back the baby boy and kept their money.
Mr Kumar said the police were investigating three other complaints against Ms Indwar for allegedly selling children from the shelter.
Spokeswoman Sunita Kumar said the Missionaries of Charity was investigating.
The Roman Catholic Church has come out in support of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity which is accused of involvement in child trafficking & 280 Minor girls were found pregnant. Earlier Pope had pardoned paedophile Pastors.
— Prashant Patel Umrao (@ippatel) July 12, 2018