Mamata Banerjee Blames BJP In Baby Trafficking Controversy

Mamata Banerjee Blames BJP In Baby Trafficking Controversy

Mamata Banerjee Blames BJP In Baby Trafficking Controversy(file photo)

New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal has called the human trafficking allegations against a nun of the Missionaries of Charity an attempt to malign the name of Mother Teresa. Ms Banerjee has blamed the BJP for it. Even the Catholic church,has vehemently criticised the police investigation of the organisation, undertaken after orders from Jharkhand's BJP Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

The headquarter of Missionaries of Charity is in Kolkata, a city where Mother Terasa's footprint is writ large. Mother Teresa, the Albanian missionary, who was canonised two years ago, has spent a large part of her life in Kolkata, and died there more than a decade ago.

Ms Banerjee condemned the controversy over baby trafficking, allegedly by a nun and an employee of the Jharkhand unit of Missionaries of Charity.

Ms Banerjee finds herself in unusual company on this issue.

Sitaram Yechury, the Senior CPM leader said, "We have the highest of respect and this kind of thing is unbelievable... these allegations. If the state agencies feel, let there be investigations. But they cannot be harassed.  They cannot be persecuted in this manner."

Sister Konsalia and Anima Indwar, an employee of the Nirmal Hriday, run by the Missionaries of Charity, was made last week for allegedly selling infants for adoption, stated by the police.

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Jharkhand's senior police officer Mr RK Mallik told NDTV that there is "sufficient evidence" to prove prima facie that there is "violation of Section 80/81 of Juvenile Justice Act, which is a cognizable, non-bailable offence and police is just following the Act".

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi, a senior church official, yesterday told NDTV that the nun allegedly involved was forced to sign a confession.

The Bishop also spoke of the nuns working at the unit and criticized the manner of ongoing investigation. He said, the police are "treating the whole of Mother Teresa's organisation as a criminal gang".

"These are very simple nuns. They don't want to face press, police," he said

The police claimed to have come across four instances where infants were sold for about Rs. 1.2 lakh each. The police said three of the missing babies have been recovered and they have confessed to the crime.

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