Police have filed a third baby-selling case against Missionaries of Charity nuns in India’s Ranchi city, making church leaders demand an impartial probe into the allegations.
Police in Jharkhand State, ruled by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), filed the case on Nov. 9 based on the complaint of a couple.
The complaint said nuns and a staff member of Nirmal Hriday care home for unwed mothers, run by Missionaries of Charity in state capital Ranchi, sold off the couple’s baby after the woman gave birth in the home.
It was the third such case against the home, less than two weeks after police began an investigation into a second allegation on Oct. 30.
In the first case, police arrested Sister Concelia Baxla, who ran the home, in July 2018. A childless couple complained that staff member Anima Indwar took money after promising to give them a baby but failed to do so.
The nun remained in jail for more than a year until Sept. 27 when she was given bail. The second complaint came just three weeks after the 62-year-old nun was released.
The second complaint came from a schoolgirl who said she delivered a child in 2013 after being admitted to the home when she was six months pregnant after being raped. The home sold the baby without the consent of her or family, she said.
The latest complaint from the couple said their child was born out of wedlock but they wanted to keep the baby now because they have decided to marry. But they claimed that Indwar said this would not be possible..
The couple’s statement to police said nuns of the home, Indwar and two staff of a government hospital joined together to sell their baby.
Church leaders are upset about the series of complaints against Missionaries of Charity nuns and say they aim to tarnish the image of Christians in the state.
“These complaints coming one after another are a conspiracy to tarnish the Christian community and their services,” Father Anand David Xaxo, public relations officer of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, told ucanews.