Nun from Mother Theresa's charity charged with selling baby for R23 000

For representational purposes

For representational purposes

In her complaint on Wednesday, Verma had said that a couple from UP's Shone Bhadra district approached the CWC after Nirmal Hriday allegedly took away the child they had given them on May 14.

The facility in Jharkhand state is operated by Missionaries of Charity, a religious order founded by Mother Teresa in 1950.

"The families which bought the babies are also under our radar and will face action", said Ranchi police senior superintendent Aneesh Gupta, according to The Daily Mail.

Neither the charity, nor the Child Welfare Committee, responded to a request for comment.

Mandal said three children were sold for 220,000 rupees ($3,192) while one payment was awaited.

"We have moved 13 girls and 22 children from Nirmal Hriday and Shishu Niketan (respectively) to a new home", she told PTI.

Kotwali thana OC S.N. Mandal claimed Sister Koshleniea had confessed that she had knowledge of at least four newborn babies being sold from the shelter.

The FIR was lodged after Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Ranchi went on a regular inspection around a week ago and found that a child had gone missing from the institution.

The selling of children came to light when the couple, who had taken a new born baby from the charity home, complained that they had paid Rs 1.20 lakh for medical care and delivery of the child.

Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize victor and a Catholic saint, founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, in 1950.

Sunita Kumar, the order's spokeswoman, said the home was for unwed mothers and did not put children up for adoption.

Arti Kujur, head of the Jharkhand State Child Protection Society, said his organization had received many complaints about the home, adding that the problem is likely more widespread. We are carefully looking into this matter. She later set up shelters to help the "poorest of the poor".

However, a few days after giving them the baby, the female worker contacted the couple, asking them to bring him to the local court for some legal formalities. "We will take necessary precautions if anything like this has happened".

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.

CWC chairman Rupa Kumari told the BBC that the Mission of Charity told the couple the money they were paying was for hospital expenses, however, investigating police recovered $2,150 from the center.

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