Mamata says malicious attempts are being made to malign Mother Teresa charity
Charitable organisation Missionaries of Charity (MOC) is currently under the scanner over claims of running a baby-selling racket. As the investigation heats up, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has stepped in to stick up for the Mother Teresa-founded NGO.
In a tweet, Mamata today wrote that "malicious attempts" are being made to "malign" the names of Missionaries of Charity Sisters.
Mother Teresa herself set up Missionaries of Charity. And now they are also not being spared. Malicious attempts to malign their name. The Sisters are being targeted. #BJP want to spare no one. Highly condemnable. Let MOC continue to do their work for the poorest of the poorMamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 12, 2018
A Pandora's box opened after whistle blower Om Praksh Singh, a former chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, raised an alarm in 2014 about claims of child-trafficking at the Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi.
"I received information about child trafficking at Missionaries of Charity. I informed social welfare. We couldn't complete our probe. We were told no officer had come for investigation," said Singh.
Singh claims that the officer bearer at the MOC branch never came for examinations. He added that the sisters at the charity too did not cooperate with the probe and that he was eventually shunted.
What Singh claimed four years ago has now attracted attention. Two nuns and a woman employee of Ranchi's MOC are now in police custody for their alleged role in child-trafficking.
Jharkhand DGP, on Wednesday, wrote to the home secretary to freeze the bank accounts of the Missionaries of Charity. The move comes days after it was found that around five organisations operating under it were allegedly receiving crores of money as foreign funds.
The Centre is likely to probe the funds that have been received by the charitable organisation. If the funds turn out to be over a crore, the CBI might join the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Jharkhand child rights body has shifted over 20 children who were sheltered at two MOC centres. Police is also probing to trace the legal custodian of these children.
#BabiesOnSale— India Today (@IndiaToday) July 12, 2018
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