The on-going investigations into the illegal child trafficking racket at the Nirmal Hriday – Missionaries of Charity revealed that Jharkhand Congress leader and former MLA Theodore Kiro’s son and daughter-in-law had adopted a child from the Mother’s Therea’s shelter home in Ranchi.
Speaking to members of the GoaChronicle.com investigations team in Ranchi, a police officer who is a part of the investigations stated that a family member related to the Congress leader Theodore Kiro was given a female child by the team of Sister Conselia and Anima Indwar. The baby was not sold for any money but given to the family member without any cost. This information was revealed by both Sister Conselia and Anima Indwar during the interrogations.
Four babies were rescued by Jharkhand Police and the Child Welfare Committee.
Rupa Verma, Child Welfare Committee chairperson, who had busted the baby sale racket at Nirmal Hriday on July 3, stated that a special bench was convened and it was decided that the child adopted by Kiro’s family be sent to her foster home.
Verma told media when questioned about her actions to allow the child to stay with the foster mother, stated, “The child has been living in that house for as long as she can perhaps remember. She is close to her new mother and it is in her best interest to be in that house.” She further added that the foster parents would be allowed to keep the child for two months for starters. “They will have to produce the child before us every week or whenever required.”
Foster mom Shailaja Tirkey and her banker husband Sitesh Kiro were being allowed to adopt the little girl. The district administration has in principle agreed to their request.
Senior Congress leader and former Kolebira MLA Theodore Kiro, who is the new paternal grandfather, told The Telegraph that he had got his foster granddaughter back. “The authorities have asked us to furnish a bond that whenever needed, the child will be produced before them,” Kiro said.
The Congress leader stressed that they had adopted the child in good faith and there was no money involved. “Since the method (of adoption) was perhaps wrong, we are going through a proper procedure now to get our baby back.”