Open to fair probe, says Ranchi home

The Missionaries of Charity home in Ranch, Nirmal Hriday, said in a statement on Tuesday that it was fully co-operating with the investigation into the alleged sale of a child by the institution and was “open to a free, fair and just inquiry.’’

Anima Indwar who began working at the home in January 2012 would escort the unwed mothers, their babies and their guardians to Sadar Hospital and Child Welfare Committee office as and when required, said the statement from Sister M. Prema.

On June 29, 2018 at around 12.30 p.m. child protection officer Seema and about five social welfare officers came to the shelter. “They enquired about a particular unwed mother who took admission here on March 19, 2018 and delivered a child on May 1, the same year. The mother had then declared that she would surrender the child. Ms. Indwar, the unwed mother, and her guardian had taken the baby from Nirmal Hriday to surrender it. We have no way to ascertain if the actual surrendering happened because the CWC does not give any acknowledgement,’’ said the release. On July 3, Ms. Indwar was arrested after she admitted that the child was sold.

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