NCPCR Seeks SC Monitored Probe Into Selling Of Children By Mother Teresa Founded Missionaries Of CharityChildren at a Missionaries of Charity run home for abandoned kids. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a statutory child rights body, has moved the Supreme Court seeking court-monitored SIT probe into allegations that children were sold by the shelter homes of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, in Jharkhand.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and comprising Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant issued notice on Monday (10 February) to Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra governments and tagged the matter with pending matter connected with protection of child rights in school.

Citing protection of children, NCPCR sought direction to appoint top court monitored probe, which could conduct time-bound investigation and examine all such organisation in Jharkhand.

"During course of inquiry by petitioner (NCPCR), shocking revelations were made by the victims which included the fact that the children were being sold in the children's homes. These facts were emphatically brought to the notice of the state government (Jharkhand) but continuous attempts were made to sabotage and derail the inquiry," the plea said.

For the first time, the statutory body, alleging discrepancies in children's homes' in various states, moved the top court under Article 32, seeking enforcement of fundamental rights of prohibition of trafficking under Article 23 of the Constitution.

The plea, filed through advocate Swarupama Chaturvedi, cited cases of child rights violation in Jharkhand and indicted the authorities for developing a cold approach in the case of children.

The child rights body took cognizance of media reports stating that a member of Missionaries of Charity was arrested in Ranchi, Jharkhand, for her involvement in child trafficking in 2018. The plea cited gross irregularities observed by a member of NCPCR, who visited a centre of Missionaries of Charity at Ranchi, and this information was shared with chief secretary and Director General of Police of Jharkhand.

The plea said discrepancies have been observed in the state government authorities' response, and the information received by NCPCR from Missionaries of charity on 8 September, 2018, shared details of 78 child care institutions instead of 80.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber