Mamata Banerjee: BJP is targeting Missionaries of Charity
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the BJP of targeting the Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity (MoC) and maligning it. The sisters are being targeted, BJP doesn’t want to spare anyone.
Her accusation followed the arrests of a sister of the order and a woman staffer of ‘Nirmal Hriday’, a shelter home run by missionaries of charity, in Ranchi last week for allegedly selling a child born to a minor inmate to a couple from Uttar Pradesh.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also said, “If any individual committed some mistake you can take action, but you (BJP) cannot say Missionaries of Charity is bad.”
Yesterday, RK Mallik ADG Law&Order Jharkhand had informed the media that state police has requested state govt for an CBI inquiry in this issue, also requested that all accounts of Missionaries of Charity to be seized &5 of its associate organisations,according to state police they have found the records of 121 children sold by them.
Today, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has ordered a probe by the Jharkhand State Child Protection Commission into the incident.
The state Police had told the media that one more child was rescued yesterday who was also reportedly sold by the Ranchi shelter home, from Jharkhand’s Simdega district which makes total count of rescued children to three.
Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta has also informed the media that few people have been detained for questioning and the search for the fourth child was on.
Chairperson of Ranchi unit of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Rupa Verma, had filed a complaint against ‘Nirmal Hriday’ staffer Anima Indwar for allegedly selling an infant boy to the couple from Uttar Pradesh.’Nirmal Hriday’ provides shelter to girls rescued through the CWC.
Following this, the CWC shifted 22 children from ‘Nirmal Hriday’ and ‘Shishu Niketan’, also run by the order. The shelter home was also sealed.
The Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Kolkata had issued a statement last week saying it would take necessary action to find out the truth.
“We are shocked at such news, which totally goes against the value and ethics espoused by the Missionaries of Charity, the nuns and its founder. The MoC is looking into the allegations against the accused employees in Jharkhand with all seriousness,” Sunita Kumar, a spokesperson of the foundation, had said.