Ministry to make Teresa’s charity follow new adoption rules

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2015 00:36 IST
Arpita, 9, looks on from inside the Shishu Bhavan, a home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. (AP File Photo)

The women and child development (WCD) ministry has decided to reach out to the Missionaries of Charity and convince them to follow the new adoption rules.

The development came a day after WCD minister Maneka Gandhi said that the government would have no option but to de-recognise adoption homes run by the organisation if they refuse to give children for adoption to single, divorced or separated people.

“We are writing to the Missionaries of Charity and inviting them to Delhi. We want to talk and try to convince them to follow the new adoption guidelines. It’s a good organisation, doing valuable work. We do not want them to stop their adoption homes,” said a senior WCD ministry official.

The official added, “However, if the organisation refuses to conform to the new adoption rule, we will de-recognise the adoption homes run by them and move the children out to other agencies.”

The Missionaries of Charity on Friday refused to comment on the development and said that they will issue a press statement on Saturday afternoon to explain their stand in the whole issue as well as their future course of action.

When contacted, Sister Mary Prema, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, said, “We will be stopping adoption. I do not want to comment any further.”

On Thursday, WCD minister Gandhi had said that the Missionaries of Charity cited ideological issues with the new adoption guidelines related to giving a child up for adoption to single, unwed mothers.

“They have their own agenda and now when they have to come under a unified secular agenda they are refusing it,” Gandhi had said.

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