Centre orders probe into Missionaries of Charity shelter homes across India
Minister for Child Welfare and Women Development Maneka Gandhi has ordered probe into all child care homes run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity across the country.
The government has instructed all states to check whether adoption laws are followed.
The development comes after recent cases of alleged illegal adoptions carried out at a Missionaries of Charity shelter home in Jharkhand were reported in media.
The Missionaries of Charity claimed to have stopped organising adoptions in India in 2015 saying they disagreed with government rules that made it easier for single, divorced, and separated people to adopt children.
The WCD ministry said under the Juvenile Justice Act which came into effect more than two years ago it was mandatory for every shelter home dealing with children and their adoption to register and also link the organisation to the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).