Mother Teresa charity shocked after India babies 'sold'

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The matter was highlighted after the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Jharkhand approached the area police and filed a complaint in this regard.

A mentally challenged women, staying in a Missionaries of Charity facility on Jail Road here, delivered a baby Friday but sisters at the home insisted that the newborn should be left there only, the woman's mother alleged.

Nuns pose with portrait of Mother Teresa at Missionaries of Charity. Kumar said persons who bought the children illegally would also be treated as accused.

The pair were initially charged with human trafficking - punishable by up to five years in prison - but police said they could face more charges as investigations widen. On July 1, Indwar reportedly asked the couple to return to the shelter with the baby for some "formalities". "The whole congregation is shocked, and we are all praying about it", said a nun who has been with the organization for 20 years but spoke on the condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to comment on its behalf.

The arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday followed the couple's complaint the charity worker had taken back the baby boy and kept their money.

PATNA, INDIA-A nun and another worker at a shelter for unwed mothers run by Mother Teresa's charity in eastern India have been arrested for allegedly selling a baby, police said Wednesday.

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Police made the arrests after an Indian couple claimed they paid 120,000 rupees (€1,504; $1,760) to a staff member in exchange for a baby boy born to one of the home's residents.

Missionary of Charity sister prays the Rosary. SP, City, Aman Kumar said: "Another sister was questioned, but let off after her role was not established".

However, the nuns present then called up a couple from Uttar Pradesh who had allegedly bought the child for Rs 1.2 lakh.

At the time of the arrest, there were a dozen pregnant women living at the shelter, who have now been transferred to a government-run home.

In 2015, Missionaries of Charity had ended the process of adaption as they failed to comply with the latest adaption laws. "It is against our moral conviction", Missionaries of Charity spokeswoman Sunita Kumar told Reuters.

"We hear that babies are being sold in other homes as well and are determined to put a stop to it", he said. "We will take necessary precautions if anything like this has happened".

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