Taslima Nasreen, the Bangladesh author who has been living on exile in New Delhi, is the latest to air her views on the controversy surrounding Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. There is nothing new with the charity selling babies, she said in a on Friday (13 July) night, adding: “please don’t try to protect criminals only because they are famous.”
Tasreen’s tweet come in the wake of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that she suspected a BJP plot in trying to malign Teresa’s charity. In a on Thursday, the Bengal Chief Minister condemned attempts to malign the Missionaries of Charity saying the Bharatiya Janata Party was targeting the missionaries sisters.
The Missionaries of Charity is in the eye of a storm after its employee and a nun were arrested by Jharkhand police in Ranchi at its Nirmal Hriday Home on charges of selling unwed mothers’ babies. The issue came to light after the state-owned child welfare committee complained to police about a missing child from the home. Police suspect some of the nuns in the organisations could have links with child trafficking network. Information on 280 children born at the home of the missionary, under scrutiny since 2014, is also not available.
According to police, 450 unwed mothers were admitted by the home for deliveries but records show only 170 childbirths. Police said the arrested duo had confessed to have sold at least four babies.
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