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22 children from Missionaries of Charity shelter in Ranchi evacuated

Ranchi’s child welfare committee chairperson said, “All 22 children staying at Nirmala Shishu Bhawan in Harmu locality were shifted to a safe place, which we cannot disclose currently in view of their safety.”

india Updated: Jul 06, 2018 23:55 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Missionaries of Charity,Koshleniea,Nirmal Hriday
After the arrest Sister Koshleniea the in-charge of Nirmal Hriday a Missionaries of Charity run shelter home on her alleged involvement in selling a new born baby boy at Civil court in Ranchi. (Hardeep Singh/ HT Photo )

A day after sister Koshleniea, in-charge of Nirmal Hriday, run by the Missionaries of Charity (MC), was arrested for allegedly selling a new-born baby, Ranchi’s child welfare committee (CWC) on Friday evacuated the Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, another shelter home run by MC in the state capital, and shifted 22 children to an undisclosed place.

Nirmal Hriday’s sister Koshleniea and the shelter home sweeper Anima Induwar were arrested and sent to judicial custody by the Ranchi police for their alleged involvement in selling a newborn baby boy to an Uttar Pradesh-based couple.

Ranchi’s child welfare committee chairperson Rupa Verma said, “All 22 children staying at Nirmala Shishu Bhawan in Harmu locality were shifted to a safe place, which we cannot disclose currently in view of their safety. We have already shifted 13 unwed mothers from Nirmal Hriday to a Namkum-based shelter home on Wednesday.”

She said they also wrote to the sub-divisional officer (SDO) for shifting 70 mentally and physically challenged inmates from Nirmal Hriday.

“Since MC’s shelter is involved in selling newborn baby, the CWC has decided to write to the government for closure of both the shelters and blacklist Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi,” the CWC chairperson said.

On CWC’s direction, the police on Wednesday arrested Induwar and sent her to jail after her confession that the boy was sold at ₹1.20 lakh to the couple.

“This was not an isolated case. Both the accused have admitted before the police that they have sold four children so far. We have videographic and written evidences of their statements,” said Kotwali police station in-charge Shyamanand Mandal on Friday.

Meanwhile, MC Kolkata, termed the incident as shocking. “We are completely shocked... It is completely against our moral conviction. We are carefully looking into the matter...”

First Published: Jul 06, 2018 23:54 IST