The Ranchi Police arrested a woman working at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity for allegedly selling a 14-year-old baby. The police also detained two other employees from the centre in Jharkhand and are being questioned regarding any other possibility of such deals. The matter came to light when the state’s Child Welfare Committee (CWC) alarmed the police and registered a complaint in connection with the matter. According to a report in BBC, the police said that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre. The police further added that they have recovered the names of the mothers and these babies. An investigation into the matter is also underway.

According to the report, the police also recovered an amount of Rs 1,40,000 from the centre. The centre is one of the branches of Missionaries of Charity in India and provides homes for unmarried and pregnant women. However, following an issue to comply with new adoption laws, the adoptions were stopped around three years ago.

According to CWC chairman, Rupa Kumari, the baby boy was sold to a couple on May 14, by a young woman who visited the charity centre on March 19. She further added that the committee was not informed when the pregnant woman was taken to the hospital. Reports said that the committee has also discovered some other babies that were sold to people in different cities for RS 50,000 to Rs 70,000.

According to a report in TOI, a detained employee confessed that children were being sold in the centre. He also handed over a list of five such cases where the babies were sold for money. As per reports, the desperate childless parents in India have been approaching different ways to adopt babies illegally as the country has tough adoption laws.

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